Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love
Our memories may not allow us to meditate on Scripture to the extent that we should, yet how often have you had a hymn rolling through your brain all week having sung it on Sunday? Because of this, it is important that the songs we sing reflect good Biblical truths.
I often find the above hymn, “Come Thou Fount”, stuck in my head. As it plays on repeat in my mind, I find myself meditating on the principles espoused in the lines. The line that really caught my attention was “Tune my heart to sing thy grace.”
In tune with the principal violinist
My friend and I recently joined an orchestra. When we begin a rehearsal, the first thing that happens is the principal violinist stands up and plays her “A” string with long even bows. The orchestra then tunes to her “A”. Our primary concern is not bowing, rhythms, or tempo, but simply tuning.
So it is with our hearts. They need to be in tune with God’s grace. If my violin is out of tune, I make a dreadful cacophony. Likewise, if my heart is out of tune, terrible sounds come out, in words and actions.
Jesus pointed out in Matthew chapter 12, verse 34 “…the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Instead of a symphony of joy, all my thoughts and feelings turn quickly to self-centredness.
A heart in tune is one that harmonises perfectly with God’s truth. That truth is like the principal violinist in an orchestra. Long, even strains of truth ring out and we must adjust our hearts to be in tune with that truth.
Godly attitudes, words, and actions all flow from a heart in tune with God. The focus of this tuning is grace. I believe that the idea of being in tune with God’s grace is this: knowing at a heart level what amazing grace He has lavished on me, and in response to that, letting grace overflow toward others.
Stiff tuning pegs
If you have ever tried to tune a stringed instrument, you will appreciate that it isn’t always easy. Some tuning pegs twist very easily, others need to be handled very firmly. In general, a violin that is played often stays in tune better and is much easier to correct when it slips out.
What a picture of our relationship with God. To be in tune with Him requires daily practice. Dwelling on His grace and mercy is a way in which we can keep our hearts soft and easy to tune. Praise Him for that grace and mercy. Soak in it. Be drenched in that joy that comes from knowing He is a merciful and gracious God.
When we are constantly soaking in these truths our hearts remain soft toward Him and, like a well-played violin, they are easily corrected when they slip out of tune.
Environment and conditions
The conditions of my violin greatly affect its tuning. If it is too cold or too hot an out of tune violin is inevitable. Violins are extremely sensitive to humidity as well. I once found my violin with a snapped string because of temperature fluctuations!
Having a baby makes me even more aware how vulnerable my heart is to external conditions. Too tired or too busy easily leads to a focus on me, me, me. I can say for sure that I am out of tune with God’s grace the minute I begin to play the melody of self-centredness.
I entreat you to consider your heart. Do you regularly practice keeping it in tune? How are external conditions affecting the tuning? Like the writer of the beautiful hymn “Come Thou Fount”, plead with God to help you stay in tune with His beautiful and amazing grace.
Lucinda finds time to play her violin in between looking after her baby daughter, running a Girls Brigade company, and baking delicious things.
Lucinda Glover’s previous articles may be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/lucinda-glover.html