Speak to any musician and they will probably tell you that a well-tuned instrument is the first step to making beautiful music. A violin player will spend countless hours tightening and plucking strings to get their instrument in perfect tune. A piano tuner carefully listens to each interval on the keyboard, making sure they are in harmony with one another. An orchestra always takes a moment to tune before beginning to play. A choir director will skillfully mold many voices to sing as one, shaping vowel sounds and training ears to sing in tune with one another. When the whole process comes together, both the musician and the listener hear the beautiful results.
In the mid 18th Century, a theologian and scholar, Robert Robinson, penned the words to the hymn many of us know as “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” The first verse of his hymn paints a striking picture of who we become when we surrender our hearts to our Master. His words “tune my heart to sing Thy grace” and “teach me some melodious sonnet” are a testimony to what God can do in our lives when we allow Him to mold us, shape us and, yes, tune us! Offering “songs of loudest praise” is a beautiful example of offering our praise to God for the goodness He gives to us each day. Just as musicians carefully tune and craft their instruments, our hearts can be instruments in the hand of a God who loves us with an absolute, unfailing love and promises to give us abundant life.
A violin, without a skilled player, will simply be a beautiful combination of wood, polish and strings. A piano becomes simply an attractive piece of furniture. A choir or orchestra, without a skilled director, becomes a group of voices and instruments, perhaps not singing and playing in harmony. So it is with our hearts; without the meticulous tuning of God, our hearts become a vehicle for the things we crave and desire. An instrument does not need to be tuned to play, but it will not make good music unless it is tuned first. We experience great heartache and trials when we allow other desires to take over our lives, rather than surrendering to God the ability to tune and shape us.
What if we began each day asking God to tune our hearts to His grace? Can you imagine what wonderful things we would be able to accomplish? I can envision God tuning and shaping each of us to be a wonderful choir, singing in perfect harmony. Perhaps for some of us, we are actually singing. For others, the “singing” of our hearts may take the form of service to someone else, encouragement to some who is struggling , intercessory prayer for those sick and hurting or leadership in a church. God will use us, but only if we make ourselves available to Him.
Robinson paints one more beautiful picture with his hymn. In the last verse he wrote, “Take my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above.” The seal of God upon our hearts is a seal of ownership. When God is in possession of our hearts, He seals us for eternity. We belong to Him. We can claim the eternal promise that nothing can separate us from His love. Just as we sign our name to something to proclaim ownership, God writes on our hearts that WE belong to HIM. Claim that promise today and allow God to tune your heart to sing His grace each day.