Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Come Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
My husband, Danny, and I both play acoustic guitar. However, our instruments are strung differently. His has steel strings while mine, more of a classical style, has nylon ones. Much easier for my fingers to handle!
Left to right - my guitar and Danny's
While I don't play guitar in church every Sunday, Danny does. His strings take quite a beating as a result, so he makes a point of replacing them every two months. That way, he avoids the risk of one breaking in the middle of a song (believe me, this has happened!), and the tone of his guitar stays crisp, clear, and bright.
New strings on any instrument naturally want to stretch. I'm always amazed, though, how little tweaking Danny's strings require once he's tuned his guitar. They slip, but only marginally. It is a breeze returning them to their rightful pitch.
Not so, my guitar! I'll never forget the first time Danny put new strings on it for me. No sooner does he get it in tune when those pesky, pliable, nylon babies decide it's time to stretch.
Believe it or not, it takes a full two weeks of tuning and playing before I can trust the guitar to last through a song without a sour note.
And, isn't it the way with some of us when we ask God to "tune our hearts" so that we might sing in perfect harmony with Him? Like the steel strings, there are those who require little adjustment from the Lord to stay in tune with His desire for their lives. But others, with their nylon strings, will stray and wander time and again before finally coming into sync with God's will.
Hearing, at last, His heavenly melody.
Trusting fully in His perfect pitch.
When it comes to obeying the Lord and following His will, which kind of string are you?
Will you pray with me?
Tune our hearts, Father, that our life songs sing Your praise. Thank you for the grace and mercy You show us when we slip and hit that wrong note. Keep us in perfect harmony with Your will for us. Amen.