"Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." John 14:23
A ministry friend of mine once worked as a full-time piano tuner. When our church needed a piano tuned, I called him and asked if he could come over and tune it. He brought a device that listened to each piano string as he struck it, and would tell him if it was out of tune. He would turn a key slightly, one way or the other, and pluck the string over and over. After a few moments it would be in tune. He would repeat this dozens of times and after a while every string was in tune.
It was amazing to hear the difference in a piano that was out of tune to one that was in tune. Sometimes the change was subtle, sometimes substantial. But overall, as the piano was played, the one in tune was more beautiful, more melodic. Though the one out of tune was still making music, it was just a little “off”. The ear would tell you something wasn’t quite right.
In the same way, God wants our hearts in tune with His. As we read the Bible, understand more about Him, and live as He instructs and for His purpose, we become more and more in tune with God. Our lives can become a melody that sounds like our Heavenly Father.
When we stray from Him, disobey Him, or follow our own song, then there’s something about our lives that just seems “off”...out of tune...not quite right. A heart in tune with God sounds like God because we are living out His notes with our lives. I think this is why so much of our worship is through song. Instinctively we know the beauty of music. We appreciate the complex connection of notes that form a melody. We know when something sounds wonderful, or if it is a little out of tune.
Dear Lord, I want nothing more than for my heart to be in tune with yours. If there's something about my heart posture that's a little off or out of tune, I pray that you would reveal that to me right now so that I can align myself with you once again. In Jesus' name, amen.