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Our piano is out of tune and it drives me crazy! We had it tuned just a few years ago, but it didn’t hold. On Friday evenings when our family gathers around the piano to sing, we have a few instruments that need to be “tuned” to the “out-of-tune” piano. My daughter plays the violin and my son just started the cello. I play the guitar and my wife plays the piano. When we are all playing, it doesn’t sound so bad. It’s the “tuning” time that is challenging. Certain piano keys send shivers up my spine.

Since I’m a do-it-yourself kind of guy (who is always wanting to save money), I studied a few web pages on tuning pianos and bought a cheap piano tuning kit off the Internet. “This doesn’t look so hard,” I thought. Well, after a couple tries, the kit is sitting in its nice black case next to the piano collecting dust. Tuning a piano is not as easy as it “sounds.” I have a pretty good ear for tuning my guitar, but tuning a piano, even with an electronic tuner, takes a skill that is a few steps ahead of my level. I have grown to have more respect for piano tuners!

Lack of Harmony

Keeping musical instruments in tune is a bit like keeping our hearts in tune with God. The stresses of daily life can push and pull on the strings of our heart until we are out of tune. If we make enough noise, we sometimes drown out the off-tune keys. But in the quietness of the day, when other distractions are pushed away, we may hear the Holy Spirit speaking to our minds showing us the lack of harmony between ourselves and heaven. If we learn to listen very carefully, we will pick up the discord in our lives.

The best time, I have found, to put my heart back into tune is during quiet time each day with God. As I read Scripture, journal my thoughts, and earnestly pray, I hear the quiet tones of divine truth that call me to adjust my thinking. Confessing my sinfulness to the Lord is one way to tune my heart. Praising God is another. Asking for help gives Christ permission to stretch me to be more loving toward others. Like my piano, I need to keep my life tuned to God and it takes more than a little tinkering on my part. I need a Divine Tuner with skills far ahead of what my fumbling fingers can accomplish.

“The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments” (Habakkuk 3:19).

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