I have always liked music. There are songs that can make you smile, songs that can fire you up, and songs that can sooth your soul and heart when you are down. It doesn’t matter whether the music I am listening to is instrumental or has people singing the words. Any type of music can work its magic on me depending on what my mood is and what I am listening to.
However, I am not musically talented. I tried taking piano lessons for a class in college and the poor teacher just shook her head. My brain and fingers just didn’t work well with each other. I even had a music teacher in junior high tell me that I would be better off just going to study hall during music class then try to sing with the class. I don’t think my voice is quite that bad but you will never hear me sing a solo. It would be wonderful to just have a smidgen of talent but it was not meant to be. But I make up for the lack of talent in the amount of appreciation I feel for those that have the talent to be able to play an instrument well and to sing well.
Like we heard in the children’s message, to be able to have harmony in music you need more than one person. Someone could have a beautiful voice which is wonderful to hear but if you hear many beautiful voices joined together to sing you are blessed with a wonderful harmony. Each person has their own unique voice and that is what makes a song sung by many voices wonderful. However, all the voices that are singing that one song need to be singing the same parts at the same time or the song is not beautiful. There needs to be harmony among the singers not just in their voices but also in their ability to work together to make the song beautiful.
But today’s message isn’t just about beautiful music. Not only do we need to create harmony with one voice to make a beautiful song, we need to do the exact same thing in our lives and our beliefs to create a beautiful world. This year has not been the best example of creating harmony with one voice. We have faced so many challenges this year and quite often, we, as people of Christ, have not worked well together. We have been more concerned about our own voice. We have not been concerned about all of our voices combining to do what is best for all of us. When we are not working together, all of us suffer to some degree. Our lives are in discord and those of us who are poorer, are meeker, and are suffering have lives that are even more in chaos. This is the time that we need to be in harmony so that we can do the work that God would have us do to help those of us that need help. If we go back to last week’s message, we need to remember that we need to be doing the work of God for all of us because we don’t know when Jesus will come back to take us to heaven. We need to be creating harmony with one voice; we need to be on the same page taking care of each other and ourselves, and everyone else so that all of our lives can be ones of joy. It is what Jesus would have us do.
There are parts of every scripture that I read today that struck a chord with me. First, in Romans it said; “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We need to be living in harmony with each other not doing what we think we need to do for just ourselves.
Then from Psalm it said; “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed by his glorious name forever, may his glory fill the whole earth.” We need to remember that God is there for us and that He is glorious and that He could fill the whole earth with his glory.
From Isaiah it said; “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.” Can you picture what I just said, the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Wouldn’t that be amazing to see and if Jesus made it so, it could really happen. If the animals could co-exist why couldn’t we? Why couldn’t we put down our differences and live as one people, living in harmony and with one voice?
As we get closer to Christmas, the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we need to think back and reflect on how we have been this past year. Did we think more of ourselves or did we try to live a life that helped create harmony with one voice. Can you imagine what a beautiful thing it would be if everyone around the world raised their voices together to praise and honor our Lord Jesus Christ, creating a beautiful harmony with one voice? Anything is possible.
Blessed be his glorious name forever, may his glory fill the whole earth!