Ephesians 5:19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
Take My Life And Let It Be – Frances Havergal, 1874
Take my life and let it be, Consecrated, Lord, to Thee, Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Above, I have the first verse of this wonderful hymn that many of us have sung in our worship services. In the midst of this verse I believe the Lord allowed me to see a picture of something in a way I hadn’t seen it before. It came in an instant and I saw and understood it.
This verse talks about our lives – our moments and our days. Our prayer is to let them flow in ceaseless praise. Think of that ceaseless praise as a symphony – performed by an entire orchestra – not an individual. Drums, strings, woodwinds and brass – All the musicians, with their many different instruments, have their appropriate parts to play. The symphony is to be a harmonious blend of them all. They are all to be in-tune with each other! – And must follow the conductor’s lead in order to blend together.
In this picture, I saw that our lives, consisting of thoughts, attitudes, actions, words, intents, motives and everything about us – are continually doing two things. First, our lives are creating a musical score. Second, our lives are playing as a symphony, the score as we create it. Each and every one of these aspects of our lives is an instrument and plays a part. Nothing is left out. Nothing is too small or insignificant. Nothing is silent.
The question becomes, ‘How do we sound?’ Is the ‘music’ pleasing or discordant? A pleasing sound is dependent upon the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and our obedience to walk in His ways. Nothing escapes His care and attention. We are to become increasingly responsive to His touch. When we co-operate with Him, He will bring everything in our lives into submission to His will. He will create within us the harmony and the wonder of a symphony of life that will glorify our Lord.