The man with no friend but his theological books is in a tragic state. There is such a wonder to be known in creation and creativity in the world. It was said that Martyn Lloyd-Jones could often escape a rut in sermon preparation by listening to Mozart. How often do you have your heart ravished by the Imago Dei exalting Christ by using their creativity to the fullest?
Lately for me this has been jazz music. John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme has been such a joy to listen to again and again.
How can we account for this? Is there a biblical explanation for this ability for creation, music, and creativity in general to exult in our God? Yes. Yes. Yes.
God is beautiful, all human efforts toward and achievement of beauty reflect the Creator. Even creativity not exercised explicitly for the glory of God still are utilizing his gifts of intellect, aesthetics, and affection. So the man in tune with the Holy Spirit will be able to not just enjoy a beautiful song for it’s own, his own, or even someone else’s sake. He is able to consciously enjoy it for God’s sake, as an extension of his gifts in common grace, and worship in the hearing.
If you’re not doing this – explicitly worshipping – when you encounter beauty, (that is enjoying it consciously for God) then shame on you! Further, your joy is incomplete. To enjoy in God’s sight, for his sake, competes the pleasure of the enjoyment. As an aside if you can’t do that, you should turn off whatever music, movies, radio, podcast, book, etc… Because whatever doesn’t proceed from faith is sin.
I ground all this on Romans 1.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. – Romans 1:21
Our enjoyment of gifts becomes an extension of knowing God. When we encounter common grace (glory), we should recognize: ‘God! I recognize God at work!’ and worship.
The only alternative is idolotry. So stop being an idoloter. Enjoy everything you can, and do it for God. Amen.