“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” –Job 33:4
There’s a story about a violinist who come on stage one evening and after he drew the bow across his violin, produced the most glorious sound the audience had ever heard. The crowd gave him ovation after ovation but then violinist broke the violin into pieces. He calmly looked at the shocked audience and said: “Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be dismayed. This was only a three and a half dollar violin. It is not so much the violin that makes the music as it is the man who draws the bow.”
From the scriptures we know that musical instruments have a special place in God’s design of the world, both visible and invisible. Since the first line of musicians in Genesis 4:21, God ordained the playing of instruments as one of the main forms of worship expressions for his chosen people. The triumphal return of Jesus Christ will be preceded by the sound of trumpets (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16;).
A new year means pressing the reset button, recommitting ourselves to a fresh walk with God, and presenting our bodies as a “living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1). Through the willful act of submission and yielding of ourselves to God, we become powerful instruments in the hands of the Master. Often times we want to write our own melodies and dictate our own tune, but the sound of God is only released through those who align themselves to the frequency of heaven. The sound of God is the heart of God and His will being released into a person’s life or situation. Just as different instruments differ in size, shape and sound, there’s a sound that is unique to you because the melodies were written by God as He fashioned you in the womb (Psalm 139:13).
It’s not about our abilities, gifts and talents; in the hands of the Master, a $3.50 violin can turn into a masterpiece. Every so often, instruments need to be tuned to improve the quality of the sound; this year, let God release through you the Sound of heaven as you submit yourself to Him.