“Tune My Heart To Sing Thy Grace” (Ready to Worship S3E15)

 

ReadyToWorship
Season 3, Episode 15
For Friday, June 3, 2016
“Tune Thy Heart To Sing Thy Grace”

HOST: Wade Webster

 

 

Show Notes:

Tune my heart to sing thy grace. I love those words, don’t you? They are from the old hymn, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. I believe that these words express a beautiful prayer that we need to pray each week before we enter into our worship. 

When we think of tuning, we usually think of one of two things: tuning a musical instrument or tuning an engine. I believe that these two things illustrate in a very simple way the tuning that we need to do to our hearts.

 

Episode Transcript:

Tune my heart to sing thy grace. I love those words, don’t you? They are from the old hymn, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. I believe that these words express a beautiful prayer that we need to pray each week before we enter into our worship.

When we think of tuning, we usually think of one of two things: tuning a musical instrument or tuning an engine. I believe that these two things illustrate in a very simple way the tuning that we need to do to our hearts.

First, let’s consider a musical instrument. As you know, over time, instruments lose their tuning. Strings stretch and loosen. They must be tightened and tuned to get the best sound out of them. Generally, some type of tuner or standard is used to fine tune the sound. Of course, when it comes to worship, the instrument that needs to be tuned is the heart. We are “to sing and to make melody in our hearts to the Lord” (Eph. 5:19). To “make melody” is from the Greek word “psallo” which means to pluck upon a string. It can be a bowstring, a carpenter’s line, or the string of a musical instrument. In this case, the instrument is specified – the heart. We are to pluck the strings of the heart. The tuner or the standard that we must use to tune our hearts is the word of a God (Phil. 3:16).

Second, let’s consider tuning an engine. Over time, a car’s engine can lose some of its power. It can begin to run rough. To get maximum performance out of the engine, a tune-up is needed. Likely, some things will have to be tightened. Other things will have to be cleaned. Perhaps, some things will even have to be replaced. To make these adjustments, a mechanic consults the owner’s manual and follows its instructions. When it comes to worship, the engine is the heart. It is the driving force. Like the engine of a car, the heart of man can become clogged. It can run rough with the passing of time. To get it running smoothly again, we must consult the owner’s manual and make the necessary adjustments (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

As important as it is to tune a musical instrument or the engine of an automobile, it is even more important to tune our hearts. As we get ready to worship this week, let’s make sure that we tune our hearts to sing God’s grace.

 

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