Part of His Symphony

Posted on 08/27/2017 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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by Benjamin R. Faust

We praise you Lord because you're worthy
You are Lord and King of the earth and sky
Let us lift you up and declare your glory
Let us lift our hands and our voices high

Even the mountains praise your name
the rocks and the stones cry Holy!
Whoever seeks for your face
will never be the same
Let your kingdom come
in Jesus' name

I'm an instrument, I am only a vessel
Help me open up to receive your love
Let us put to death thoughts of opposition
Let me step aside and point the world to above

lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

by John Bacchus Dykes

Holy, holy, holy!
Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning
our song shall rise to Thee.

Holy, holy, holy!
merciful and mighty,
God in three persons,
blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy!
all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns
around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim
Falling down before Thee,
Which wert, and art, and
evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy!
though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man
Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy;
there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power,
in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy!
Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise Thy name,
in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy!
merciful and mighty,
God in three persons,
blessed Trinity.

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Last week, we talked about the Golden Rule -- treating others like we would want to be treated if we were them.

We talked about how we tend to treat others the way we think they DESERVE to be treated. Our minds might rate that level or type of deserving based on the color of their skin or the type of job they have or their religion or their personality.

And we saw that ultimately, we do not actually judge others, but rather we judge ourselves by fighting against our perception of other people and of the world around us.

You might have noticed that people tend to see themselves in how they see the world around them. For example, some see mostly good people around them, people who are generally kind, trustworthy, and ready to help those in need. While others see the world as full of unfriendly, untrustworthy, uncaring souls.

It's the same world full of the same people. But we tend to see it through the filter of our mind.

Our mental filters are part of our person, so how we see the world is an indicator of how we are.

Now, someone might be trustworthy, but see others as not to be trusted. So I'm not saying we see a mirror image of our own characteristics, but we DO see parts of ourselves as we view other people and things.

So if you want to see life, joy, peace, purpose, and love, it just might be time to let go of your attachments to your mental lenses through which you view life.

And part of that is the mind's resistance against that which does not line up with its image of how it thinks people and things should be, and its judging, categorizing, labeling, and assigning importance to, others.

To help us understand this point, let's use an example that is a part of every single one of our lives:


Let's suppose a person is like a low note. They might be slow. Or work a job we consider not as elevated as others.

Some people might not like him or her. Or they might just not wish to socialize or spend them with them because, in their opinion, they are "too low," or perhaps "beheath them."

Another person might be too soft-spoken for our taste. We might think they need to be more assertive. We might consider ourselves better than they are, or at least we might FEEL that way without actually thinking those words.

Or perhaps WE are that soft note, and we feel inferior to those who take charge.

Someone else might be a bit brash and rocky. Like they're a beating drum or a clanging cymbal.

That person's mind might annoy itself over people who are like the bass or the flute, and the softer tones might find that person to be repulsive.

But if the world were all one instrument, one note, one tone, one type of sound, where would the symphony be?

The truth is, God did not make just one type of human instrument, or just one quality of sound, or just one range of notes. Instead, He created all the instruments of a full orchestra. He carefully designed and crafted the strings, the brass, the wood winds, and the percussion. And he gave each one a very special part to play in His Great Symphony.

So when you observe your mind resisting someone, or judging someone, or feeling superior or inferior to someone, just realize that the mind is doing one of the silly things the mind does.

And you can step back, and listen to the breathtakingly rapturous music.

For all of us play a movement, fill a part, and are vitally important for the magnificent Symphony of Life. And YOU are HIS workmanship, created within the nature of Christ, and God has carefully crafted you to play the piece only you can play.