Friday, October 23, 2009

God's Band

2 Samuel 6:5
Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the LORD on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.

By the way, a sistrum is a rattle.

Woodwinds, harps, stringed instruments, tambourines, rattles, and cymbals… that’s a variety or instruments. Why are there so many? They each make a different sound, with a different kind of music that each can do.

As a band geek, I have had a blast on my trombone and my flute. But I noticed that the cymbal player wasn’t having as much fun all the time. Their part isn’t nearly as exciting. And there’s been plenty of times where I’ll have the coolest part ever and the baritone sax will have a really boring and stupid part, and vice versa.

But as the cheesy cliché says, every part is important to the overall product. And in David’s position, we’re talking about serving and praising God.

I’ve talked about this to people at my church: God has put together a really different group of Christians at my high school. We have Kiara who is friends with the theatre crowd, Nicole tends to befriend the fiercely anti-Christian kids, I tend to go for the down and out kids. We have a new girl who’s friends with the popular crowd. Kath has this never ending patience for other people that everybody can see. There’s many more that I know that each have their own story about how they found God and how they help others find Him. We each have our little group, and together we’re working for God. If one of us wasn't there, an important gap would be missing that hopefully one of us would be called to fill, or another person would be called to fill.

To God, we’re each special, and when we work together, we’re even better. How does the hand work without the head? How does the tambourine sound without the woodwinds?

Just because some of us aren’t as out in the open and in public eye as much as others doesn’t mean that we aren’t as important.

In the service of the Chief Musician,

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