Friday, January 17, 2014

In Harmony

Romans 12:15-16 (NIV) ~ 

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 

I was recently invited to join our new church's worship team and love singing with them.  It can be a little intimidating because they are trained musicians and the singers have such a great ear for music that they can tell which note is being played or sung just by listening.  So at times, I get a bit timid that I may be hitting a wrong note. :-)

But when the harmonies blend together, it's beautiful.  I sing 2nd alto, another woman sings 1st alto and then two other people sing the melody.  I love hearing how our voices blend together.

I looked up the meaning of harmony on an online dictionary and this is what it had to say.

Harmony ~
1. Agreement in feeling or opinion; accord: live in harmony.
2. A pleasing combination of elements in a whole: color harmony; the order and harmony of the universe.
3. Music
a. The study of the structure, progression, and relation of chords.
b. Simultaneous combination of notes in a chord.
c. The structure of a work or passage as considered from the point of view of its chordal characteristics and relationships.
d. A combination of sounds considered pleasing to the ear.
Harmony is a beautiful thing and something for which believers should be known.  Yet so often, our lives are full of disharmony.  We disagree, get angry, bad mouth and gossip about our fellow sisters and brothers in the Lord.  We share private information with a degree of pious concern that is really masked backbiting.

When will we ever learn?

The Lord wants us to make sweet music together.  He wants us to support each other.  To be happy for those are happy.  To empathize with those who are mourning.  To put others before ourselves.  

Let's work on making beautiful music.  Let's blend our different talents, gifts, and personalities together to make a wonderful chord that is pleasing to those who are listening.

Let's make sure we are singing in harmony today.