ARE YOU OUT OF TUNE?
by Joan Morrone
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Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.”
Most people like music. We may like something different. I like where it says: “Make a joyful noise”. I was always told I couldn’t carry a tune in the bucket. I can do O.K. in a group. I’m in a choir but not one of the best singers.
If I know the song pretty well, I can belt it out with the rest of them. If I’m not sure of it, I make my mouth move but softly. I always hope the really good singers are there when we go up front. No one would pay attention to my sour notes.
In the high rise where I live, we have Bible study twice a month. We did have a piano and organ and one lady who could play it. We could keep pretty well in tune. She died and we got rid of the instruments.
No one could play them and they just took up space. Our singing was pretty sad at times, especially if we start on the wrong key---too high or too low.
We moan when we are really bad. I remind them of Psalm 95:1. We are doing the best we can and God honors that. He gave us our voices but not all can sing like a bird.
I was in a Church that every time the doors were opened, a young girl always wanted to sing. Her voice had a lot to be desired but they never told her a. Some rolled their eyes or moaned: “Oh, no. Not again.”
God saw something we didn’t see. He saw her heart. She sang her heart out. She sang like she really believed the words she sang. When we sing, are we really aware of WHOM and what we are singing about? Or is our mind wandering around thinking of other things? Is our singing done in true worship?
Singing is a wonderful way of praising God. I looked up the words pertaining to singing in the concordance. There were so many scriptures on the subject, I didn’t bother counting them.
The first mention of singing is Exodus 15:1 “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake saying: “I will sing unto the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously: the horse and the rider has He thrown into the sea.”
I didn’t realize it but the last mention of singing is Revelation 15:3 “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints.” It’s no co-incidence that the Bible begins with the song of Moses and ends with it.
In Judges 5 we have Deborah’s song when God avenged Israel. The trees of the wood sing out. On a quiet day when there is a slight breeze you can almost hear the trees whistle and the birds in the branches singing also.
All kinds of instruments are mentioned in the Bible. This talks about singing a new song. Everyday we have something new to sing about. God’s works in our behalf never gets stale. We always have something we should sing about instead of complaining about the bad things that are happening.
Like a musical instrument, they often get out of tune and need to be fine tuned. There is nothing worse than the squeak of a guitar or piano or a trumpet that is out of tune. Humans get out of tune from time to time. The Holy Spirit is the one who lets them know.
He has some work to do on us. We may be out of commission for a little bit. But boy! What a difference when we’re back on track again! We may not think so, but others can see the difference in us.
This world is in turmoil everywhere. We need songs in our hearts in spite of trouble all around us. If I remember correctly, those on the sinking Titanic were singing as they went down. Some would be singing as they were escorted into heaven. They probably never stopped.
When you are sad or bothered, try singing in spite of your low spirit. It will lift you up. I’ve tried it and it works. I like many songs but this line of “Blessed Assurance” really hit me: “Angels ascending, bring from above, echoes of mercy, whispers of love.” The ladder is always there to unite us with God’s love. Praise the Lord. God bless you
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