“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:3
I am sure many of us have witnessed two distinct ways of singing a song and playing an instrument; and one appears to be more of a gift or an acquired gift than the other. There is the soloist and musician who studies the notes and practices methodically until the vocal and stringed chords are played with perfection. Then there is the other musician who picks up his instrument and senses the sounds and plays beautifully without seeing a single note while fine-tuned, yielding to the maestro’s movements, transitioning; knowing the Song.
(1 John 2:27, Jeremiah 31:34, John 14:16-17)
As believers, in our walk with Christ we desire to synchronize in rhythm to His every step. We read in scripture his actions and what he said, but in trying to imitate His style, we soon discover our futile attempt. As much as we would like to imitate Him, we find it impossible. And if we are so determined to do so, we soon give up in frustration and discouragement. We somehow hit the wrong notes and a screeching sound results.
(Ephesians 2: 8-10, Romans 7: 18-25)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
The answer is hearing the gospel. The message and Word about Christ is how He came to fulfill the law of righteousness as God’s perfect sacrifice for sin. He was the embodiment of God, filled completely with His Holy Spirit, taking all our inadequacies, infirmities, failures and sin upon Himself, paying the penalty of death for us because of His great love. This was the Father’s will, and He was in perfect sync, right up to the moment of death on the cross when he uttered the words of forgiveness; the sweetest sound the world has ever heard.
(Luke 22:42, Philippians 2:8, Luke 23:32-34, John 3:16)
“But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Jesus Christ was God’s perfect instrument playing out a life of complete obedience; sent from heaven and chosen to listen to God. His divine ear was always tuned towards the voice of His Heavenly Father. Before the sun’s rising, while it was still dark He would begin His day in prayer listening to His Father’s every Word, going forth in perfect rhythm and in complete harmony to God’s will.
(Mark 1:35, John 5:19)
As believers, our lives can be an instrument in the Lord’s hands; a sweet fragrance and a perfect melody to those who are seeking to hear the music only God can play. It is a restful, peaceful sound that flows from the heart in perfect rhythm with the Word of God; from the sheet of music only the Lord can direct in sync with heaven and its heavenly host. And whenever we are not in sync and off-key and broken, we are assured of His forgiveness and healing for He has determined we will play His Song. (Matthew 6:9-10, Psalm 71:22,
1 John 1:9, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 1:4-6, Matthew 6:9-10)
This music which flows from the life of a believer begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Author and finisher of all Creation and faith. Through acknowledging our sin and accepting Christ’s salvation, we receive His Holy Spirit and become a new and worthy instrument held in the Master’s Hand. It is only through faith we come into a relationship with God through His Son, not by any works of our own, but through the work Jesus Christ accomplished with His own sacrifice on the cross. He has created us anew as His instruments according to His perfect Will
(John 3:3, John 10:28-29, Luke 10: 38-42, John 1:1-18, John 15:4,
Romans 10:8-9, Luke 23:39-43, Matthew 7: 21-27, Hebrews 12:1-2,
2 Corinthians 5:17, Acts 4:13)
Have you heard the Lyrics of the Savior? If so, do not be like the unwise but be attentive, believing, listening and dancing in celebration of your new life in Christ. For in that day, a trumpet will sound, and those who hear will recognize His voice, rising up to meet our Savior, being caught up in the air.
(Ezekiel 33:32, Matthew 11:17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54)
“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9
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