Tune My Heart
The power of music is, well, powerful. It tunes the heart.
I have my go-to playlists like everyone else. I even have my go-to jams when I get that feeling to let loose. There are times, however, when I need to stop, be quiet, and go to the "truth tracks" as I like to call them. These are songs that I need to reteach me truth. These are songs that I need to remind me of who I am really. These are songs that bring me back to the basics. Most of the time, for me, these are hymns.
Music has a way of telling a story. Come Thou Fount tells a story. It tells a story of this mountain of God's unchanging love. It tells a story of how much I need God. It tells a story of how I needed to be reminded that Jesus sought me when I was a stranger. When I'm prone to wonder, this song reminds me of God's good grace to me. He has streams of mercy that are never ceasing. And nothing can separate me from that love. Nothing.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
His grace is overwhelmingly good. Christ has not given up on me and definitely not you. His life, His death, His resurrection changed everything. When you get that like Romans 8 does, you are overwhelmed with the love of Christ. I know I am. It calls for songs of loudest praise!
Tune your heart to His grace.
When you feel alone, when you feel separated during this social distancing, when you fell forgotten, cling to these words in Romans 8. How many times did Paul, the author of these words, feel alone, hurt, separated? My guess…quite a bit. Romans 8 is one of the greatest chapters in all the Bible. I’m working on memorizing it, it’s so good! Paul needing to have his own heart tuned as he was telling churches the same thing. I could see him relishing in the true of Romans 8 for both his hearers and himself.
We are more than conquerers though him who loved us.
Don’t forget that today. As we navigate the uncertain waters of this crisis, if you are in Christ, you are not lost, not separated, not defeated. The love of God shown to us tunes our heart. So, take a moment, pause, and sing a little.
Even if you’re the worst singer, use those pipes God gave you to sing of his grace, again songs of loudest praise!
The fount of blood shed for you is the fount of every blessing. I’m glad on days like this, Jesus makes a way when there is no way. Jesus reminds us in His Word and through these classics that He is good, that He is gracious, that He is loving you and me.
Good music is indeed powerful. It clears the mind and focuses the mind at the same time. I’m not talking about sounds and rhythms. I’m talking about lyrics that stir the soul, that tune the heart to sing thy grace.