Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
My Reader, last week we thought about how we could fulfill Psalm 96:1, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” by composing our own song that is part of a larger musical work we entitled Creation‘s Concerto. Now, if our sacred selection is to be performed by a multitude of musicians orchestrated by the Lord, we need a conductor. Our Lord is the only maestro musician worthy of this honor! He is conducting His sovereign symphony and we, as believers, are part of His eternal orchestra.
According to Revelation 22:13, Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” He is the composer of the first note and the last note and every note in between comprising our Creation Concerto. He also conducts this musical masterpiece of miracles from the beginning to the end. Hebrews 12:2 says we are to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” To put this into musical terms, we need to keep our eyes focused upon the conductor of our lives because He is always orchestrating our song to become more perfect. Practice makes perfect! The Lord continues to compose situations in our lives so that we can grow is faith and play our song well.
The musicians of the Lord’s orchestra live lives that portray a variety of instruments. There are woodwinds, including such instruments as flutes and clarinets, that rely upon one’s hands pressing different keys to produce different sounds. Symbolically, these instruments remind me of active people performing helpful deeds for others. There are also brass instruments, such as as French horns and trumpets, where differing lip positions create the particular sound for each note. Symbolically, these instruments resemble those who preach and teach through words. I also think about string instruments, such as violins and cellos, that can be played by either pulling a bow across the strings or by plucking the strings with one’s fingers. Symbolically, these instruments remind me that tension can result when a person may feel “rubbed the wrong way” or someone may know how to “pull the strings” of another individual. Not such a harmonious sound.
Not only is the Lord listening to and watching how we each perform our unique tune of life, but He is also building a melody of multiple musicians. You and I may wonder why we need to go through what appears to be unproductive times, but at these times God is allowing someone else to play the louder melody line. Harmony is important and our sovereign songwriter knows how to blend all life experiences together. There are times I must rest in silence because that time of quietness is ordained by God.
The Lord is conducting His concerto of creation with a complete score of all musical parts before Him. According to Romans 8:28, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Whether the notes of my life be played fast or slow, loud or soft, with harmony or with dissonance, God’s Mighty Hand holds the conductor’s baton that I must follow for direction. He cues in each part at the time that resonates the best anthem for His audience.
My Reader, your sacred song by itself is beautiful! However, a full orchestra produces a masterpiece of musical miracles that can never be performed by a soloist. Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” The members of the Lord’s orchestra includes every living being! When you are a member of any orchestra, sometimes you will be playing the melody, sometimes you will be playing the harmony, and sometimes you may not be playing at all. However, when your life is under the direction of the Lord, you will be contributing to His sovereign song that will be sung throughout eternity. Keep composing your own tune, but never take your eyes off the Conductor of all creation!