Wednesday, May 7, 2014

In Tune

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Psalm 125:4 “O LORD, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with You.”

“Ok, people! Tune up!” our music director, Mr. Spayd announced, raising his voice to be heard amid the random drum taps and rolls, stray runs, and cacophony of conversations filling the band room. Then he would play just one note.

I heard the phrase, “Tune up” hundreds of times during the eleven years I played in marching and concert bands. To get in tune, band members listened carefully to the one note, then tightened or relaxed their embouchures and lengthened or shortened particular parts on their instruments until they were in sync with the standard set by Mr. Spayd. He knew that if we tried to perform without tuning up, the discord would have caused our listeners to cover their ears with their hands and groan in dismay.

Psalm 125:4 speaks of those who hearts are “in tune” with God. Like the director in our band, God determines the one note, the one standard for being in tune with Him—faith.

Our hearts cannot be in tune with God until we have faith. “Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find him.” Hebrews 11:6

Our faith in God must include faith in Jesus Christ. “By the free gift of God's grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free. God offered him, so that by his blood he should become the means by which people's sins are forgiven through their faith in him. God did this in order to demonstrate that he is righteous. In the past he was patient and overlooked people's sins; but in the present time he deals with their sins, in order to demonstrate his righteousness. In this way God shows that he himself is righteous and that he puts right everyone who believes in Jesus.” Romans 3:24-26

Have faith. It’s a simple standard available to everyone who wants their heart to beat in tune with the beat of God’s heart. Simple? Yes! Easy? Not always. It will take some adjustments on our part—trusting in Jesus for our goodness instead of ourselves, yielding control of lives to Him, and allowing His expectations to determine our actions. But the results are out of this world (I just couldn’t resist that one)—a heart in harmony with Jesus and a life directed by Him.

Have you tuned your heart to the Maestro of life?


©2014 Pamela D. Williams