Are you making Beautiful Music for Almighty God?

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved music.  There is something magical that takes place when powerful words are combined with a mesmerizing rhythm.  Many years ago a dear friend of mine wanted to “expand my horizon” and asked me to join her at the Symphony.

At first I balked and burst into a hysterical laugh as I stated “NO way” but then I remembered my father and his love for classical music and I decided to give it a try.  After all, I loved playing the piano as a youngster how bad could it be?Are you making beautiful music for God?

After we arrived, I was overwhelmed at the size of the symphony hall and stage as some of the musicians were warming up.  I was impressed and thrilled to be there.  I could see the instruments I remembered from band class.  The violins, drums, the flutes, all the horns including trombones (which I tried unsuccessfully to learn as a youth)  I could not wait for the performance to start!

The lights dimmed  as the conductor rose up from below to lead the musicians.  Then the music began. It started off as a whisper as I leaned forward in my seat to take it all in.  As all the instruments began playing harmoniously, the concert hall was engulfed with the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard!  I was entranced and hypnotized by the music as they played so beautifully in unison.

I remembered some of the music from my childhood that my father played on the radio and other songs which played in some of my favorite movies.  I leaned over to my friend and said “I recognize that song!”  She smiled at me as she could see the joy on my face as we enjoyed the magnificent performance.  Oh how I hope to return and experience that again someday!Are you making Beautiful Music for God?

Did you know that God has chosen us to be instruments for Him?  Currently in Sunday School we are going through the book of Acts and as we read in chapter 9 a particular verse hit me.  When I got home I went back and read it some more and marked in my bible as a reminder.  Here it what is says;

But the Lord said to him, “Go for he is a chosen instrument of mine, to bear My name to the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel.” Acts 9:15. 

Wow…”chosen instrument of mine” spoke to me in that moment.  God was speaking to the disciple Ananias about Saul who would then become the apostle Paul.  Ananias was fearful to help Saul as instructed by God to heal the blindness which struck him when God approached Saul on the way to Damascus to persecute Christians.

God reassured Ananias that He had chosen Saul as an instrument to spread His word to the Gentiles.   It’s because of the ministry of the Apostle Paul that almost half the books in the New Testament were written.  Books that give us admonition, instruction, and encouragement in the Christian faith.

So what kind of instrument are you for God? [clickToTweet tweet=”Do people hear sour notes or does your life make beautiful music that glorifies God? ” quote=”Do people hear sour notes or does your life make beautiful music that glorifies God? ” theme=”style3″]

As I mentioned earlier I played the piano as a youth and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The excitement of preparing for a recital and the feeling of accomplishment when perfecting a difficult song gave me such joy.    Unfortunately, there were things that began to interfere with my piano playing as I got older…mainly sports.  I am sad to say I stopped playing the piano as a teenager…something I deeply regret even today.The Joy of the Lord is your strength

My passion for music still exists and I am still touched to the core by a beautiful song.  I learned so much from my experience of playing the piano for years.   I want to share with you today 5 keys we can use to help us in making beautiful music as instruments for Christ.  Chosen Instrument of God

Practice.  I loved practicing my jump shot or working hard learning to dribble with both hands to become a better basketball player.  I even enjoyed football practice in the 100 degree plus heat!  However, I was not consistent in practicing the piano but I would get excited to practice when I was selected to perform a specific piece for a recital my teacher had planned.

However, as Christians, we have to practice Christ likeness ALL the TIME.  We do not receive an advance warning of an attack from Satan or the opportunity to be a witness in word or deed.  When we make a concerted effort to consistently practice Christ-like habits, we are better prepared in every situation.

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2

Patience.  I seem to include patience in a lot of my posts.  Mostly because it is a weakness of mine and a constant struggle.   Whether we are waiting to hear from God or needing to show patience to others, we must exhibit patience like Christ.  Oh what amazing grace He shows us!  I am thankful for the undeserved patience and grace He gives me every day.  As a reflection of Christ, He expects us to have patience in every circumstance.

Perseverance.  There were many times when learning a song that I wanted to just toss the sheet music across the room and call it a day.  No matter how many times I would try I could not get it right.  However, I was determined to press forward and continue despite the difficult cords I was struggling with.  On a much different level, there will be trials and tribulations that wobble us at times and may even knock us off our feet.  We must remember that we are not doing this on our own but we always have Almighty God there to lead us.  He is our Conductor!

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial.  For once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those that love Him.” James 1:12.

Praise.  I stated earlier how much I absolutely love music.  There is something invigorating when you hear a beautiful or favorite song.  It makes you want to jump and shout Hallelujah!   Your spirit is lifted and your heart beats faster as you sing along.  We must remember our true joy comes from the Lord.  He has blessed us so much and promises to continue as we seek Him.  Praise Him in everything; during good times and bad.  When people see us, they should see the joy of the Lord shining through. Making a joyful noise unto the Lord is Music to God's ears

Passion.  My passion for athletics overtook the enjoyment of playing the piano.  I thought about and prepared for the games.  I enjoyed every minute of grueling practice for the games.  I made sure I ate enough for energy.  I studied my playbooks till I knew each play by heart.  In fact, when given the choice, I gave up playing to focus on my athletics.

Our passion for Christ should consume us to the point that it flows out of our pores!  From the time we wake up until we lie down; our passion for Christ should energize us and inspire those who come in contact with us.

If we desire to make beautiful music for God, we cannot do it in our own strength or knowledge.  We must keep our eyes on the DIVINE CONDUCTOR…Jesus Christ!  He provides the instruction, direction, and wisdom for our lives we need to do His will.

In closing, Remember God has placed you right where He wants you and chosen you to be a member of His Orchestra of Love.  I hope you will join me in making beautiful music for God’s glory!

 

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41 comments on “Are you making Beautiful Music for Almighty God?

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Carrie for visiting and your comment. I’m glad to read you enjoyed the post and it resonated with you. God speaks to us in unique ways and I am blessed that god continues to use me for His glory. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

Linda

Wow! Your writing is spot on with wisdom. I think of “timing” as being also important. You write about patience which is the same concept. Waiting for God, as the conductor to give us the cue as to when we are to play our instrument. God has blessings planned for us, but we get impulsive. Sometimes Satan takes a future blessing that God plans for us to enjoy, (ie sex within marriage), and convinces us that we should have it now-rather than waiting on God’s perfect timing.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    So glad you enjoyed the post Linda and thanks for visiting. Yes, waiting on God’s timing is important for every Christian. We must tune our hears to His voice and follow His leading as we seek to live for Him. Thank you again for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

Nann

As the others already stated – there are so many wonderful aspects to this story. One point that speaks to my heart is that we are only called to do our part – to be that one instrument among many. We do not have to do it all 😀 It is up to Jesus (the conductor) to bring it all together.

Takes a lot of the burden off. Thanks for this inspiring post!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Nann! Trusting in the Divine Conductor is key. As we follow God’s lead our lives make beautiful music that glorifies Him! Thanks for visiting again and your comment. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

Oooh, what a great connection, Horace. So glad to (hopefully) be playing my part in the orchestra of love. 🙂 I’m impressed with piano players. That’s not my gift at all. My husband and son play piano (among other instruments), and I’m in awe of that talent/gift. 🙂 (And, like you, another of my sons was a football player, so he chose that over instruments. 🙂 ) Thanks for sharing, Horace, nice to see you. 😀 ((xoxo))

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    I have no doubt by reading your posts that you are playing beautiful music as you share your heart for God Brenda! Thanks for the visit. I hope you and your family have a blessed Memorial Day!

Hi Horace,
What kind of music am I making for the Lord? I pray my life is a pleasant melody! I love how you interwove music with our life and legacy in this post! And thank you so much for your hope-filled words each week at #MomentsofHope! You are a light and inspiration!
Blessings and smiles,
Lori

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Lori for the opportunity to share at moments of hope and your encouraging words! I love the inspiration that God gives us in the every day “moments” in life and I too want my life to make music like Beethoven for my Savior! Have a fabulous holiday weekend and blessings to you and yours my friend.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Christine for the kind words and welcome to pleasingtothepPotter.com! I’m glad you found us too and enjoyed the post. I will be checking out your post on the symphony soon. Have a wonderful holiday weekend and may God richly bless you and yours!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks again for the visit today Lux! I want my life to make beautiful music that glorifies God. I know there are times when I get “off key” but Jesus always keeps me on track when my eyes stay on Him..the Divine “Conductor” Have a lovely holiday weekend. It’s going to be a rainy one here. Blessings to you and yours!

Horace, what a beautiful word picture of how we are instruments for God’s glory. I’m studying in Acts too and just finished Acts 20 where Paul talks about finishing his race well. Our daily practice and perseverance through the struggles helps us run and finish our race well.
Thanks for sharing, friend. : )

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank You Crystal for your comment and kind words. I must admit that I had not spent much time in the book of Acts growing up but I am thoroughly enjoying my Sunday School class as we go through it. I look forward to seeing what God reveals to me every time I read His word but Acts has been so illuminating for me. Thank you again for visiting. You are such an encouragement as I run this race for His glory. Blessings to you my friend!

Oh I love this Horace, and what a great list of keys to help keep us in tune, making beautiful music both for and with Him!

My Honey is a worship leader and an amazing guitar player… his whole family is very gifted musically and he loves all kinds of music. Over the years I have come to love all kinds as well. He often goes to the symphony with his Father, or tries to take our daughter. I was like you and assumed since most of it would be without words, i would get lost and not follow along. But I had the same experience… I was overwhelmed by the beauty and the emotion. (And it helped that I recognized some of the songs, as well!)

Great post! I hope you get to go back soon and enjoy a show!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for visiting and your comment Karilee! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Wow that is so cool about your husband. My father loved playing his classical guitar as long as I can remember. Yes I hope to go back to the symphony again soon. I just received something in the mail for the Summer season. It is my prayer that God will use me to make beautiful music for His glory.

Jo

I’m so happy you WENT to the symphony and God spoke to you through the experience! I’m a music teacher and I often encourage the kids that if they are nervous to perform, they are just an instrument used by God, a lifeless formed piece of material that He is breathing though to make the music. They need not fear. This post is challenging me to use the actual verse, Acts 9:15 and use it for my own life. Thanks, again!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for visiting and your comment Jo. Yes, I so am glad I was able to experience the symphony it was an incredible experience! Even as an adult I want to remember to let God use me for His will. Regardless of I whatI may “feel” at times,He has chosen me. What a special honor and privilege to to represent my Savior, Jesus Christ. May our lives forever make beautiful music for Him! Thanks again for visiting. I hope you return next month. I plan to share another music themed post. Have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

Hi Horace,
I love how you tied in music and the symphony with the music we make for the Lord! I had to love the little mention you put in about basketball, too! The Schumakers are pretty much basketball crazy 🙂 But I know the hard work I once upon a time put into basketball and now watch my boys working at it even harder. I see the practice, patience, perseverance, praise, and passion involved in being the best they can. Likewise, we must put forth every bit of these 5 characteristics if we want to bring our best to Jesus, as well! Thank you so much for sharing these words of beauty with me at Moments of Hope! You are a blessing!

I love music also! Playing the piano is so relaxing, I miss having one. Your keys are great, Horace. It is amazing how they work for both a successful Christian life and for a musician. I’m so thankful I have the Divine Conductor leading me with His love and grace for when I hit a sour note. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Wow Lori..did you play piano too? I agree there is something relaxing and yet inspiring when playing piano. I also loved playing basketball and my baby brother played in tournaments over the Summer with me. I chose it over football to try and save my “knees but God had better plan for me. We must be consistent in our Christ like practices as we desire to live for Him. Such a blessing that we are not booted out of His Orchestra of love when we hit a “sour note” with our lives. His grace is cherished though undeserved. Thank you for visiting and the opportunity to share at Thankful Thursdays. Have a wonderful weekend and blessings to you and yours my friend!

      Yes, I play the piano. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve played, I’m praying the Lord will give me another piano one day. It’s funny how I used to dread those practice sessions, but now that I don’t have a piano, I wish I could practice. Have a wonderful weekend.

Horace, I love how you connected being an instrument for God’s use with music. Your 5 keys are great. I especially like the reminder to practice. Even the professional practices more, not less, and they warm up before a concert. What a wonderful reminder for me today to practice praising God and warming up my worship chords! You made beautiful music today in your blog!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for visiting and the kind words Debbie. I’m glad you enjoyed the read here today. I like what you said about “worship cords” we need to keep them warmed up and ready. Thanks again for stopping by…you are in my prayers! Blessings to you my friend!

A piano player, eh? Horace, you have many skills that are just coming to the surface. I, too, was a pianist. IT’s a gift/skill I always hoped my kids would enjoy because, unlike sports, it’ll be with you even unto the older ages. Here’s my favorite line from your words above: “We must keep our eyes on the DIVINE CONDUCTOR…Jesus Christ!” Yes and amen. Good words and glad you were able to attend and experience the symphony.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Yes…I love the piano Kristi! One of my brother in laws plays it beautifully by ear. You just give Him a couple of notes and he can play anything! Two injured knees kept me from continuing in sports but I miss playing piano. Nice to meet a fellow pianist as well:) Thank you for visiting…”divine conductor” made sense as Jesus leads us as we keep our eyes on Him! Have a fantastic weekend. Blessings to you and yours!

I loved this post, Horace! It spoke to me on so many different levels and really made me think about the type of music my words and actions are making. What was convicting was the thought that on the outside to others my music might seem beautiful, but would my children feel the same way? I want to shine for Christ wherever I am — at home or outside of home. I certainly want to be a member of his “orchestra of love”.

Thank you for this, dear friend. I’ll be sharing this one widely!
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    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    hello Marva and thank you for the encouraging words. I am so bless to read that the post really resonated with you. We are Christ’s instruments and I want to shine for Him as we make beautiful music for His glory, Thank you again for your visit and for sharing too. Have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

Love the five keys to being a beautiful instrument for Him, Horace! I believe He delights in nothing more than seeing us glorify Him daily. So glad I visited today from #TellHisStory, I hadn’t heard that verse in a while, I need to go look it up and get a refresher on that whole biblical account I think!
Blessings, bigger than big this week, sir!
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    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks Christine. Yes I agree…God is pleased when we glorify Him. Thank you for visiting and so nice to “meet ” you. Have a great week and may God bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

The Divine Conductor – I love that, Horace. Such a thought provoking message on the symphony that is our life for Christ. Yes, practice – we can’t take for granted this walk of faith. It takes intentional and purposeful practice to stay in tune with God. Great words!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for the visit and the kind words Tiffany! I glad that you enjoyed the post. Yes God has left us for a specific reason; to glorify Him. I want my life to please Him in all aspects. I cannot do it on my own but with His strength I am empowered to do His will. Thanks again for the visiting my friend. Blessings.

Such a great reminder, Horace. It really touches me that we are chosen instruments of God. May we daily play beautiful music to His glory!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Trudy! It is my desire that my life is beautiful music that glorifies my Savior and that lifts the Spirits of those who need it. Thanks for stopping by. So nice to “meet” you today. Blessings

Sharon

I certainly hope that I am making beautiful music for my Lord! However, I will say this – my life seems to stay in harmony only when I let HIM do the conducting!!

GOD BLESS!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Sharon for visiting and your insightful comment. Yes I agree, when we let God do the conducting we play fewer “sour notes” as we seek to glorify Him! Thanks again for visiting. I hope you will return again soon. Have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

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