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Sermon – 2/2/03 –
Praise Him -
Psalm 150:3-6


Praise Him

"Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp!  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with high sounding cymbals!  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 150:3-6)

We have several guitar players who join us periodically on Monday evenings, and one or more will lead us in song, at the start of our Bible Study.  Typically, they look at the music to be played for the evening, and then bend over the instrument, frowning, listening to the sound of the strings.  Each string is stretched tautly and then tightened some more, until it seems that it must break.  If it did, it would be replaced with a different string which would be stretched like the first.  This process continues until it is absolutely certain the chords and notes truly reflect that which is written on the sheet of paper.  The musician adjusts, prays, and then the music begins.

So it is with our Lord.  He is the Heavenly Musician, who intends that beautiful "music" will come from your heart and mine.  He is the Author of the music and has in mind that the notes to be expressed through you will be those written in eternity.  The doctor may have said, "It's a boy," or "It's a girl," in relation to your birth, but God already knew about you and had a plan for you, before you even existed.  His love is to be expressed into this world, through ordinary people.

You may "listen" to your life, and decide you're doing well, or you may not, but there is a Master Musician who will tune you to HIS specifications and won't settle for anything less.  He will tighten your "strings" until it is thought you might break from the strain, but then He is likely to frown in love for you, and tighten them again.  All will be done in prayer, for the Son and the Spirit are continually bringing you to the Father, for your "audience" is to hear only the sweetest music from and through the center of your being.

Who is your "audience?"  Why, it is your "neighbor," defined as the person next door or down the street, the one in the next pew, those who live in your home, the co-worker, your relatives, including those who don't like you, and so on.  If you are to be "played" before a vast audience, He will make it happen, but even the smallest audience is to be greeted with the sweetest music, written in heaven, through the blood of Christ, but played here on earth through people like you and me.

The "music" is expressed through the person who gives his or her heart and life to the Lord.  This is not only the action of a moment, as the result of a speaker’s persuasive words, but it is also a life lived in the praise and love of God.  However, it is sad to note that the average person lives moment by moment, caught by his or her needs, continually going out of tune, as life's stresses worry them away from the will of God.  We need to be close to our Lord.

J. S. Bach said, "All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul's refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music."  He headed his compositions: "J.J.” for “Jesus Juva" which means "Jesus help me."  He ended them “S.D.G.” for “Soli Dei gratia” which stood for "To God alone the praise."  And so should our lives bring praise to the Lord.

The “music” produced in you by the Holy Spirit, will draw others to God.  Your neighbor should be able to look at you, filled with his or her anxiety of the moment, and through your trust in the Lord, discover the solution to his or her need.  If you are filled with the Holy Spirit of God, the music of His love can emanate from and through you, as He readies you, His instrument, for that which is not of this world at all, but from the very throne of God.

It's not so much your words, but your "heart" that needs to be "heard" by this hungry world.  What kind of "notes" are you playing?  You can decide your need by prayerfully "listening" to yourself.  Do you like the "music" that is in your life?

What sort of "music" can we “play”?  There are basically two kinds - those produced by our efforts and those that come from Him.  "

Adultery, fornication, uncleanness… idolatry… hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions… envy…” (Galatians 5:19-21) - these are some of the "notes" produced by those who let the concerns of this world dominate them.  Paul told us they are NOT what the world needs to hear.  He also spoke of "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control," produced by the Spirit of God within (Galatians 5:22-23) and they ARE needed.  Look at yourself again.  It may be you need a new "touch" from God, in order to once again (or maybe for the first time) "play" the heavenly "music" that the world so desperately needs.  He will allow your "strings" to be stretched until it seems impossible to stretch them more, causing you to reach out to God and let His Spirit fill your soul.

In Psalm 150:3-6, we read: "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp!  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with high sounding cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!"  It is His gift that we are His "orchestra," the "music" of Christ in this world.  The "song" we play, as we trust in Him, brings PRAISE to God, for He is the loving parent who delights in many children.  “Praise Him,” let His love come through, and others will want Him and turn to Him, because of you.

Lord, we PRAISE You, right now.  We love you and TRUST in Your love.  Fill me now with Your love, Lord Jesus, and let others see and want You, too.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

    Ron Beckham, Pastor
    Friday Study Ministries

Tel: (562) 688-5559
    PO Box 92131
    Long Beach, CA 90809-2131
    "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)


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