There’s a moment just before an orchestra performance begins where the lights go down and the symphony tunes. It’s a strange, almost chaotic sound, nothing at all like the music that will start a few minutes later. I love that sound. It sounds like anticipation. It’s a sound that tells you that something wonderful is about to happen.
Tuning is not a warning bell; it’s an alignment. One musician plays a single note, always the same note, and each of the instruments joins in. They play, they listen, and they adjust and play again. They keep going until all the sounds blend together, until they are united and aligned, in tune.
So that line in the hymn that says, “tune my heart”. I want that. I want my heart to sound like God’s. And God wants us in alignment with Him. Even if you’ve made a major mess in life , As soon as you sincerely desire to please God again, you are back in step with the Spirit. You might be miles away from the circumstances He wants you to be in, but the point is that you are now walking in step with Him and He will guide you back onto the best path for your life.
Did you know that if you put two grand pianos in a room and play a note on one of them the corresponding string in the other piano will start to vibrate? I want the note God is playing to resonate in my heart. In all situations, we should tune in to that one great song of the universe: Jesus Christ.
He is the sound of the world, the Word who was in the beginning with God and who was God (John 1:1)
The parable of the sower of the seed in Luke 8 gives us some great insight into tuning in to Him.
Luke 8:5-8New Living Translation (NLT)
5 “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. 6 Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
This passage is often referred to as a salvation passage for lost people hearing the gospel. And that is one meaning. But this parable can also refer to the Lord continually sowing His Word in us. He plants direction, deliverance and guidance in our lives.
Luke 8:12-15Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 Those beside the road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and takes the message [of God] away from their hearts, so that they will not believe [in Me as the Messiah] and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky soil are the people who, when they hear, receive and welcome the word with joy; but these have no firmly grounded root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation they fall away [from Me and abandon their faith]. 14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, but as they go on their way they are suffocated with the anxieties and riches and pleasures of this life, and they bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience.
There is a difference between hearing and listening. Hearing is simply detecting sound. Listening involves the mind in the natural realm and the heart in the spiritual realm. I think that’s why Jesus said over and over again, He who has ears, let him hear. Just about everyone around Him had the physical ability to hear, but only a few had ears to hear.
The desire to listen and receive what He said. To listen from the heart. You can hear and still ignore. Listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice is an attitude and action of the heart. You poise your heart in such a way that you are always trying to hear God. You wait expectantly with confidence that He is going to speak. You tune your heart to the slightest whisper. God’s voice can come suddenly at times, but if you have ears to hear, you won’t miss Him.
In 1 Kings, God tells Elijah to go and stand on a mountain where He will pass by. There is wind and fire, even an earthquake, but God is not in the wind or the fire or the earthquake. God comes in a gentle whisper to Him. He often comes in a gentle whisper to us too. I need to be still and hear that whisper;
I cannot do the things God has planned for me -and the things God has for my family -if my heart is out of tune. No matter how carefully I try to serve God, if my heart is out of tune then I’m not walking the way I’m supposed to
Going back to the music analogy – even professional musicians have to tune their instruments and they tune every single time they play. My life needs to be like that, to begin every day by listening for the voice of God I don’t want to miss a single whisper from Him. I want to go through my days in tune with Him.
If you wake up with a bible verse in your mind, go ahead and decree it, pray it. If you wake up with a song on your heart, spend a few minutes in worship. If you wake up with someone on your mind, reach out to them.
Something I say often to my kids when something is simple, is “It’s not rocket science” Don’t try to overcomplicate something that is simple. Chances are pretty good that God is speaking to you through those things. Through those bible verses, worship songs, words He brings to your mind. Maybe something is going to happen later that day and you’ll be reminded of what you prayed that morning or what you heard or what you worshipped to that morning.
One key to accurately discerning the Holy Spirit’s voice is found in Phil. 4:8.
Philippians 4:8-9The Message (MSG)
8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
This verse reminds me of a tuning fork. With every strike, it produces vibrations and tones of varying pitch. That’s the way we need to be. As we think on what is good, true, honest, pure, lovely and good report, our heart gets tuned to the very heart pitch of God.
According to Webster’s dictionary, we “tune” something to bring it into harmony, to adjust for precise functioning, to make more precise, intense or effective. I want to be in harmony with the creator of the universe. I want Him to adjust me however He needs to, so that I will function with precision, intensity and effectiveness.
Our spirits need to be constantly fine-tuned to the heart of God. Who would drive a car month after month, year after year without a tune up? What orchestra would tune at the beginning of the year and then never tune again that year? If we don’t tune in regularly, we will drift off the station, just like an old radio playing static.
Being human and creatures of habit, we get used to always hearing God the same way. We act as though He doesn’t change His methods and we say things like “I’m just not hearing God like I was.” But sometimes God is stretching us – He’s changing the channel. It’s often easy to hear Holy Spirit clearly in a worship service, but what about in the middle of a cluttered, chaotic day?
God doesn’t add to our noise, He cuts through it.
It requires a heart tuned in with God regardless of circumstance. Our lives can sometimes feel like constant noise—voices from every side—influencing the way we think and feel. But, in the midst of it all, there is one voice we need to hear the most—the voice of God.