Ever wonder what kind of music your Christian testimony portrays to those around you? With God’s everlasting righteousness, peace and joy, our thoughts, words and actions will be as harmonious as the most accomplished choir and the most beautiful birdsongs.
Eternal perspectives by Sally Bair
Everywhere I turn, I hear a symphony of birdsongs. Some don’t add to the harmony, but their voices always gladden the heart and imbue a feeling of peace.
Whether by voice or instrument, music always brings a reaction. It can soothe our anxious soul, rouse us to action or bring a joy-filled smile. Certain musical renditions can keep us awake or put us to sleep, and evoke feelings of romance, sadness, fear, hilarity or patriotism.
The Israelites of long ago used music for many occasions. Trumpeters marched ahead of the soldiers in battle or called the people to gather for assembly. Other instruments were played during their festivals and in worship, even as we use them today.
David, gifted in the playing of the harp, was called upon to play for King Saul when “A distressing spirit from the Lord troubled [Saul].” (1 Samuel 16:14) The music refreshed the king and the spirit would leave.
The dictionary states that an instrument, besides being a device for producing musical sounds, is a tool or piece of equipment used for delicate work. In a sense, God uses us as His tools for the sometimes delicate work of sharing His goodness with others. We are His instruments of peace and joy and rightness with Him.
The Psalms are filled with references of making music to the Lord. “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.” (Psalm 118:14) This verse is repeated twice more, an indication of its power and importance. Psalm 40:3 again attests to God’s salvation and the need to share that news. “He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”
Sharing the Good News can be a delicate task. That’s why God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us. We need to stay attuned to His Word and His still small voice so we can know what to say and when to say it. Our demeanor is important, too. We need to show God’s joy and peace rather than allowing our worries and circumstances to cloud our message so it sounds out of harmony. Our willingness to serve those in need should always be a chorus of Christian love.
Lord, thank You for the joy and peace that come from knowing that You love us and have saved us from our sins. Show us how to share Your righteousness, peace and joy in such a way that it will be harmonious music to those around us. In Jesus’ name, amen.