Sorry but I guess today I break the long streak of doggy pictures. Odin is not much on authority. But this bad boy is. I have a deep love for pipe organs and the music they produce. For a broad swath of sacred worship music, there is nothing like the organ to lead. Quiet tones or full-blown bombast… this instrument with a competent player exudes authority.
I have been blessed to have fabulous organists at every congregation I have served. Each has brought their authority to their playing, and they have blessed me in ways words alone can not express.
The point I guess I am trying to make is that our keyword today of authority is one that is best used for the betterment of others. Authority is yet another gift of Advent. Like all gifts, it is best used and used well. You can make big noise with this organ, it might be so full of authority that you go deaf… but that is a miss use of the gift. Rightly used authority always points back to the one from whence it comes. When we worship, sing and play with authority we point back to the source of the gift Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace… now there is something to make some noise about!