April 19, 2015
- A spiritual take on a motet of Handel
Handel's textual response reminds us that our only response to evil and sin is trusting alone in our Savior Jesus Christ. Set in a slow tempo and indicative of small dynamic shifts, I think Handel allows the believer to hear this in a different way:
1. The opening statement including its simple fugue-like imitation reminds us that much vies for our attention and trust other than Christ
2. The softer dynamic reminds us that trusting involves Jesus living in our hearts
3. The louder dynamic at the finish can be considered a statement of faith as we trust God through the times of trial ("The times we want to shout") but we still remain unwavering from our commitment to Jesus.
I invite you to try this interpretation today.
Sunday's Prelude: "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" from Messiah- Gower/Handel
Sunday's Postlude: "The Rejoicing" from The Music For The Royal Fireworks-Biggs/Handel