God’s Favorite Instrument
Have you ever heard a guitar that is super out of tune? Nobody likes that sound. It clashes with itself. I think one reason that it bugs us is because we expect the guitar to sound good. We expect it to produce a melody that is sweet to our ears.
In a way, our hearts are just like guitars, or any other stringed instrument. Our hearts have been created with the intention of producing a sweet and pleasing melody. We see all over the Bible that God created us with intention, that He knit us together, and that He has made us to give praise to Him. When our hearts are right before God, it is like an instrument giving glory to the King. When we join together, our hearts can become like an orchestra of praise. We see in Scripture that God desires our obedience from the heart, not just outward action. With this knowledge, I think we can safely say that properly tuned hearts are God’s favorite instrument.
However, just like other instruments, our hearts can get out of tune. Our hearts can become flat or sharp through various means. Whether it is from sin in our lives, or just constant use, our hearts need to be tuned regularly. This tuning is something that only God can do. We have not been given the ability to tune our own hearts. We have however been given the ability to go to the Father and be tuned. We get tuned by God whenever we spend time with Him in worship, in the Word, or in prayer. Fellowship with our Creator is the means by which our hearts are tuned.
This should cause us to act. We should find desire to seek God more and more, as we will be used by Him and require more frequent tuning. Empty glasses don’t quench anyone’s thirst, and out of tune instruments don’t make pleasing sounds. Our hearts don’t bring joy to God when they aren’t right before Him, when they aren’t in tune. Also, this should change our outlook on the people around us. Rather than judging people, seeing that they have things wrong, we can notice that they are out of tune. When we make these observations, we can’t do anything to fix them. We can’t tune ourselves, and even more importantly, we cannot tune others. We can pray for them, and lift them up to God asking Him to tune them, but God is the only one with the power to do that, through intimate, individual fellowship.
Let our prayer become as the line from Come Thou Fount…
“tune my heart to sing Thy grace.”