TUNING YOUR HEART
Eph. 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Several years ago the band, Delirious, performed a concert in our church. Before the show that night, I had the pleasure of meeting the leader of that band, Martin Smith. He was a joy to be around (I remember him prophesying over a coming move of the Spirit touching children in our church). Before his performance that night, he spent several minutes tuning up his voice. He loved to sing those high notes and wanted to get his vocal cords ready. It was quite interesting to see the importance he placed in tuning his voice. Jonathan Edwards spoke about tuning our spiritual voice. He says it takes preparation to be able to really worship. Listen to his thoughts about this spiritual exercise.
“Not only the matter of the song must be learnt, but also the music of the song. But the music of this tune consists in the melody of the heart. Eph.5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” As in order to learn the music of other songs, the voice must be tuned, so in order to learn the music of this song, the heart must be tuned. The music of this new song consists of holy admiration, in exalting thoughts of the glory of God and the Lamb and the great things of the gospel; and in divine love, in loving God for his excellency appearing in the face of Christ, in holy rejoicing in God and in delight and complacence of the soul in Jesus, whereby we, having not seen him, do love him and “rejoice with unspeakable and full of glory”(1Pet. 1:8). They that are unacquainted with this spiritual melody, they can’t learn to sing that new song.”
I love Edwards thoughts on this verse, our hearts must be tuned in order to worship. What does it mean to have you heart spiritually tuned? How can my heart be tuned to God’s worship? To be in tune means to come into harmony or agreement with God. We are brought into harmony by the influence of the Holy Spirit. Without the influence of the Spirit, we are just making discordant sounds. The sounds may or may not be generated by human talent, but without the anointing, they are ineffective in worship and are not acceptable worship. True worship is the work of the Spirit. Only a heart tuned to God Himself can enter into that place of spiritual harmony.
That Delirious concert was a very special night for me. Not only did I enjoy the music, I was spiritually refreshed. after meeting Martin Smith that night, I gained a new respect for true worshippers. In order to have an effective night of worship you have to tune up both of your instruments. You have to prepare your voice, and according to Jonathan Edwards, you have to tune up your heart.