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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Heavenly harmony

It was while I was a student at the Bible Training Institute, in Glasgow, that the youngest son of the Principal introduced me to the amazing Danish pianist and comedian, the late Victor Borge. One of my favourite short clips of his versatility is this:

Watching it reminded me of another pianist - Merrill Dunlop, the American Christian composer who died at the beginning of this century at the ripe old age of 97.  He once pointed out that it is possible to play a piece of music on the piano in any one of the many major or minor scales. However, it is extremely important that the hands of the pianist be in agreement! In other words, they must both be playing in the same key! Failing to do this will result in nothing but a cacophonous conglomeration of discordant sounds! He demonstrated this by rendering several lines of the well-known hymn "What a friend we have in Jesus" - with his left hand playing in the key of F major, while his right hand played in F#! The clashing chords that emanated understandably made his whole audience cringe! The musician had performed beautifully (and cleverly!) in the separate keys that he had chosen, but beautiful harmony could only result when there was complete accord between the two hands.

The same principle applies to those of us who claim to be disciples of the Lord Jesus. The Hebrew prophet, Amos, brought this to our attention when, many centuries ago, he asked the question: "Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?" (3:3). If a believer tries to please the Saviour while, at the same time, going his/her own way, then God the Holy Spirit is grieved (see Eph.4:30); full fellowship with the Lord is broken; and the clarity of the believer's witness is lost in the discord that ensues. 

How important it is that we be in complete harmony with Father God! Do you claim to be a disciple of Jesus? Is your entire life "keyed" to His will?!

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