For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Romans 1:20 (NASB)

In today’s Classical Music Devotion I want to share my first experience of a symphony, when I was only a boy in a mining village. The time I write about today was a simpler time, but a happy time. Boys were free to roam the woods and fields surrounding our village for miles in all directions – it was a beautiful place. So when I was introduced to Beethoven’s 6th (Pastoral) Symphony I could relate to it quite easily.

Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in early December 1770, in the city of Bonn, Germany. Beethoven was a lover of nature and all the beauty within it, often going for long walks whenever he could. It was this love for the countryside that was expressed in the Pastoral Symphony; indeed he said that the Sixth Symphony is “more the expression of feeling than painting.” It was completed and premiered in 1808 alongside his Fifth Symphony in a four hour recitation. The beauty of this particular piece of music is how the composer takes us into the countryside in its five parts, mimicking the patterns of Creation in his music. We are taken on a gentle walk along the countryside lanes listening to the various birds (played individually!), guided by the babbling brook and onto the country fayre and its dancing. A violent thunder storm brings festivities to an end for a time, before it eases and God’s promised rainbow appears. The whole thing ends in the shepherds offering prayers of thanksgiving for the end of the storm, and preservation of their life.

As a child of the fields and lanes arround my home I could recognise all the parts of this symphony. I find it particulary worthy of mention that Beethoven ends this piece with God’s promised rainbow and the thankful prayers of the country folk, giving due glory to Almighty God. Thus I share the text from Romans, which tell us that in Creation we see the Divine attributes of God our Father.

Dear reader, our Creator God has left us no excuse for not knowing Him – Creation speaks of Him every day! If Beethoven could see His handiwork, then so can we today. I know that in the wind blowing through the woodland canopy by my back garden that I hear Him talking to me, just like years ago when I was a lad in a mining village. Can you hear Him today?

25 thoughts on “In Admiration of The Creator – A Classical Music Devotion

    1. Yes, in my readings I get the impression that Beethoven was a man of faith in our Creator. Without a doubt creation is the best evidence we have for the existence of a loving God. Thank you for your encouragement brother.

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  1. A wonderfully written post. Thank you, Alan, for sharing this important part of your life and bringing spiritual context to it. Because of your wonderful faith, I know you will love my newest Christian novel that will be released to the public this month on July 19, 2022. It is published by both a publisher in the US and also a sister-publisher in Belfast, Ireland. The main character is Charles Ricci – a young Christian pianist who writes a concerto, and the miracle of him falling in love with Abigail – a beautiful soprano. Twists and turns in this story that point directly to a true reality, that God has a plan for everyone. One song featured in this novel is “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. I love this song…..”morning by morning new mercies I see — all I have needed Thy hand has provided”!
    May your day be blessed.

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