Will this week’s election bring harmony to our country? Have I gone whacko, loco with a screw loose? No comment from Howdy Doody’s Peanut Gallery, please! Getting together and cooperating, a thing of the past. Or was it a phantom which never really existed? One political comment–the Lord will still be Lord after the election. God Almighty! Worry not…as best you can.
Years ago I sang lead in a Gospel quartet called ‘Livin’ Harmony’. We had four parts all trying to produce one sound. Practice every week, having a vocal coach pointing out where we need help and improvement. A full-time job!
Singing in sync not easy. Our individual volumes have to mesh. None overpowering. Phrasing must connect. Memorization required. Humor not too corny. This is heavy sledding.
Psalm 15 begins with a question and ends with a promise. The question? Who is welcome to dwell with the Lord? Who are those harmonizing with the King of Kings?
The answer? Three positives and three negatives. The positives, found in Psalm 15:2, are Hebrew participles; which, in English, end in ‘ing’. Those closest to God are walking blamelessly, doing what’s right, and speaking truthfully. Walking…doing…speaking. Harmony.
The negatives are found in verse 3. Not mouthing off as a backbiting mudslinger. Not plotting something rotten against your neighbor. Not being green-eyed jealous of friends. I’ve done some of these. And you know what? None did me one bit of good. Not one. All groaned and moaned in total disharmony. Notes way off key.
So, exit the negative. Cut it out. Harmony travels Jesus’ way. Tipping my behavior toward what He wants. More positive. Less, well, you know. Jesus helps us get up when flattened and floored. Back on track after going around in circles. Head held high when thrown for a loop.
And that promise at the end of Psalm 15? ‘He who does these things shall never be moved’ (v.5). When we’re in tune with the Master, we’ll be singing His praises right on key, tunefully with perfect pitch, and sweet-sounding! Ah, now that’s harmony!
Lord Jesus, what a privilege to be with you. Amen.