9th August 2014

Sweet Music To The Lord

“My heart, O God,  is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;  I will sing of your love among the peoples”
Psalm 108:1, 3. (NIV)
 

I play the violin in a local orchestra – and I love it! But playing any musical instrument isn’t just about making nice sounds. It can give us some spiritual lessons to live by. For example:

We should aim for perfection, but we need to know what that actually is. We need some independent guide that tells us what we should be working towards even if we never actually get there in this life.

We also need a teacher. This is someone who can see how we are getting on and show us how we can improve.

Lastly, in an orchestra there are other players and we all need to play in harmony in order that a sweet sound is made which is pleasing to the audience.

All this has a spiritual parallel. Our independent guide that tells us what we should be working towards is the Bible. Jesus said “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), and the Bible tells us what this perfection is.

What about the person who can see how we are getting on and gives us guidance, both in correction and in encouragement? This is the Holy Spirit. Again, Jesus says, “When He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).

And lastly, what parallels the orchestra? It is the church, and as orchestras have conductors so the church has its pastors and ministers. The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews advises us, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account” (Hebrews 13:17). It is only when the church members act in joyful harmony and unity that the goodness of Christ can be reflected for all the world to see.

What a blessing. We have our goal shown for us, our guide towards attaining that goal, and the environment in which we can work with others towards showing that goal to others.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, we are so thankful that you have called us into the wonderful fellowship of the saints to do your work attentively and joyfully. Give us the grace of the Holy Spirit so that we may attain the purposes for which you have called us. We offer this prayer to the Father in your name.
Amen
 

Study by Chris Reeve

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chrisreeveAbout the Author:
Chris Reeve is a retired Elder.  His local congregation is Invicta (Blean) Congregation, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Invicta (Blean) Congregation
Blean Village Hall
School Lane
Blean
CANTERBURY
CT2 9JA

Meeting time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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