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Zoltan Kodály believed that true musical literacy – the ability to read, write, and think music – is the right of every human being.  For the Christian, however, it may be argued that musical literacy is the responsibility of every believer.  The apostle Paul commanded the church at Colossae to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with a heart of thanksgiving to God.  The Psalmist exhorted the covenant people of God to “sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth” (Psalm 96:1).  Everything in God’s creation was made to praise him – the seas and all its creatures, the field and everything in it, and even the trees of the forest sing for joy (Psalm 96:11-12)!  In Psalm 150, King David commands that not only are we to praise God with singing, we are to praise him with the playing of instruments.  God’s people are commanded to praise him with trumpets, lute and harp, tambourine and dance, strings and pipe, and loud clashing cymbals (Psalm 150:2-5). 

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