Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

I have been meditating on this line in the song Come Thou Fount...(which I LOVE).
Usually I am drawn to the phrase "prone to wander, Lord I feel it". You too?

But this week, after sitting with a friend, rejoicing over the trials He has been bringing her through, this line has caught my attention.

I remember years ago when we had someone come and tune our piano.  He was a wonderful older gentleman who immediately saw the opportunity to engage my sweet homeschooling kids.   He asked me if I would like him to give the kids a lesson and count it as a homeschool "field trip" while he showed them the ins and outs of the piano and the method of tuning.  It was so interesting and the kids were immediately intrigued.  He spent time explaining how the piano works, some history about the instrument, and the specific method of large tuning and fine tuning.  He was obviously very skilled and uniquely qualified as a master of the workings of a piano.  That method of tuning really stood out to me as God began showing me the relation between the time and commitment it takes to tune a piano just right to get the most beautiful sound, and how He works in our lives to mold and make us into the image of Christ.  Sometimes large tuning...and a lot of fine tuning!

He is always tuning us.  I know how easily it is for me to get out of tune.  The author of the hymn Come Thou Fount evidently had the same sentiment.  He knew He needed the Master, the One who made these instruments for His glory, to constantly tune his heart so the melodies of God's grace would come forth in praise.  Rightly.  In tune.

So I started asking myself a few things:

How do we get out of tune?
How did we become an instrument in the first place?
Why do we need to be constantly tuned?
What does it take to tune us?
How does it benefit us?

Do you ever feel out of tune?  Does your praise seem dry and off key?  Are you praising at all?  Oh don't you want to be tuned by the Master?  Don't you want to be used for His glory?

I'm going to be doing a summer series on this topic regarding being tuned by the Master.  Won't you join me?  We will be looking at 1 Peter, Psalm 51, Psalm 84 and many other scriptures in the journey of being instruments of His grace!  I hope you will join me!

"Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise!"