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    Turn Up The Music

    March 27, 2019


    2 Chronicles 5:13 “The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.”

    One joy of each Sunday is experiencing something that transcends cultures, that calms the soul and that can touch deep into the heart. What can do that?  Music. Did you ever notice how music can impact you?  The rhythm and flow of music is a wonderful creation of God!

    Sadly, for many, God is viewed as judgmental and finger-pointing. They spend a lifetime thinking God is distant and unaware.  Life becomes an accumulation of sad songs, one after another, often out of tune with how things should be.  They have never felt the joy and peace of knowing Jesus.  They have never experienced being in harmony with a community of believers.

    Music has a way of reminding me how meaningful life becomes when experienced “in tune” with the character of God.  Hearing any music played out of tune creates an uncomfortable feeling.   Even if you never had a school class in music theory, when music is being played out of tune, you just know it.  There are moments each day when we experience being in tune or out of tune with God’s desire in our life.  How do we stay in tune? The good news is that like a musician follows notes on a sheet of paper, we have Jesus as our example to follow.

    Jesus spoke the truth in love. That’s not an easy example for us to follow.  Disharmony in relationships often becomes the norm.  I’m glad Jesus lived as our example, showing patience, compassion and forgiveness.

    Jesus prioritized telling everyone about the Kingdom of God.  What would happen if no one told others about what Jesus said?  I’m glad I can see Jesus living purposefully connecting with all kinds of people. 

    Jesus sacrificed Himself to show His love.  Whether it’s our time, money or effort, something often needs to be sacrificed in our life to love others.  It can be costly to love like Jesus.  Showing love, patience, and forgiveness like Jesus bring life into harmony with God’s desires.  Those are the meaningful moments in life.  I've learned that it's like playing music, it takes practice, patience, and persistence.

    When a whole orchestra is playing in tune, it’s a beautiful thing.  It’s like a Sunday morning when we are all together in church.  We strive to live our lives in harmony with God and with one another.  Like music, it can move the soul.  See you next Sunday!

    Psalm 133 “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!”

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