Psalm 98:6 "Blow the trumpets and the sheep’s horns; shout for joy to the Lord the King."
The trumpet is its own incredibly unique instrument. When played in a band it is used to enhance the wind instruments and is played at crescendos to heighten the song. It helps make quick changes in the dynamics of the music too. Many times, a trumpet is played as an introduction to something. Maybe even as a march or a call to attention. When we hear trumpets sound our attention is immediately pulled to focus and we stop what we are doing and look. A trumpet is used as a call to battle or used to signify something important too. When in a band a trumpet enhances the entire musical selection. Yet alone, a trumpet can be beautiful to listen too, maybe even to a calm and peaceful state of mind.
The sound of a trumpet can do many things, but I recently learned of a favorite of mine. Have you ever heard ‘Taps’ played on a trumpet? I know it is played as a farewell to soldiers at funerals, but that was not what caught my attention. It's the lyrics, especially the first two verses.
‘Day is done, Gone the sun, From the Lake, From the Hill, From the Sky, All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh.’
‘Thanks and praise, For our days, Neath the sun, Neath the stars, Neath the Sky, As we go, This we know, God is nigh.’
The phrase God is nigh can be translated ‘God is near’. To have the beautiful assurance that God is near in our times of joy or sadness is a wonderful thought. This led me to the Bible and trumpets and when they were used many times signifying God is near. When battles were won the trumpets blew, when heading into battle with the Lord leading the trumpets blew. When the walls of Jericho fell on the seventh march around the walls. What began the final march? Trumpets blowing. In the Bible blowing the trumpet seemed like a reminder of God's presence and that God was available when they needed Him.
Today is no different. We still need the reminder that God is nearby. We may not blow the trumpets but in our prayers and songs we are blowing the trumpets, calling upon God in pleas, and triumphs, ushering in the daily battles we will face, and God always hears -1 Peter 3:12a “The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers.” God will always respond with assurance that He is here providing us comfort when we need it, strength to face our days, and hopes and promises.
Yet the trumpet usage doesn’t end here. One day our ears and attention will be called to the skies. As the heavens fill with the sound of trumpets, telling us all that God is near and we will be going home. Yes, trumpets are played for all kinds of music these days, but the most beautiful melody will be heard on the day of Salvation, ‘God is near’.
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