through His Word
My poor guitar waited for over a year to be played. 2013 was the year of publishing for my family with many learning curves which took a lot of time. Only a few times did I pick up my guitar and play some songs to relieve stress. I missed playing praise music regularly. And I think the guitar missed me.
Finally, a few weeks ago, I sat down and cradled my guitar, prepared to play at last. I gingerly strummed the gold and silver strings. Eeeeek! The guitar was so out of tune. I turned on my electronic tuner, and my heart sank. No power. The battery was dead. I tried to play “As the Deer” (my favorite song), and my stomach churned at the sound of the melody. An out-of-tune guitar does not make for happy ears or a happy heart.
When we let sin fester in our hearts, our “melody” in life will sound like an out-of-tune guitar trying to play a beautiful melody. As redeemed children of God, as new creations in Christ, sin does not fit who we are. We will struggle with sin as long as we’re on this earth, but God promises cleansing and renewal when we turn to Him (1 John 1:9). He will cleanse us of sin’s corrupting influence, and purify our hearts to be more like Christ. Then the melody of our lives will produce a rhythm that is in beat with God’s rhythms of love, strength, and goodness. When our hearts are in tune with God’s heart, our service to Him will be more and more beautiful and create a song that will point others to our awesome God.
O Father, tune my heart to be more like Jesus. Cleanse me of sin’s corrupting influence, and purify my heart so others can hear Your melody. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© Copyright 2014 by Katy Kauffmanmusic, guitars, purity, 1 John 1:9, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies