Before I get to that a little background… I have been studying/playing guitar for about 10 years and I have quite a few books by a guitar virtuoso named Troy Stetina. In one of them, he explained that in music there are four kinds of keys in Western music: major, melodic minor, harmonic minor, and natural minor. He goes on to say most rock and metal music use the three minor keys. Minor keys sound sad, dark, heavy, down, even evil. In fact, back in the middle ages the tritone (part of the minor keys) was called diabolus in musica—literally “the devil in music.” Whereas the major key is bright, happy, and upbeat. But back to being in church.
During the worship music I was thinking about the four keys of music and how this points to the idea that we humans need help. We are so lost and even our music reflects our “lostness.” We tend toward the bad, the sad, the down and out. Let’s face it, there is a lot of bad stuff going on in our world (just watch the news if you don’t believe me). We have three minor keys to sing about the bad stuff, and only one major key for the good, happy, triumphant and uplifting. By nature we tend toward the dark and as Romans 3:10 says, “there is no one righteous, not even one…” But, there is another side.
During a bad day have you ever had a fun, upbeat song come on the radio or start playing on your iPod? It can instantly transform your outlook—even if it is only for the length of the song. The same can be said for Jesus when we believe in Him. We get a new, permanent outlook on life and no longer have to dwell on the down and out part of life. Instead, “we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” In other words, we have a reason to be joyful no matter our circumstances or problems (and there are always problems). As there is only one major key, we can dwell on the One, Jesus, to brighten our lives.
My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have redeemed.