tune my heart

February 25, 2011 at 11:54 am 6 comments

Come, Thou fount of ev’ry blessing; tune my heart to sing Thy grace…

“Come, Thou Fount” is one of my very favorite hymns.  The words ring so very true.  (Especially that whole “prone to wander” bit.  Ouch!)

Recently, I’ve been pondering this phrase, “tune my heart.”  What a fantastic metaphor. 

Musicians know how annoyingly easy it is for their instrument to get out of tune – and sometimes, how long it can take to re-tune it.  So many careful, minor adjustments.  Listening to the true pitch and trying to match it, so the note rings forth a pure and clear echo, instead of a little bit flat or a little bit sharp.  And then you get it right.  The real pitch for E and your guitar match.  But then you probably have to re-tune it the next day.  And the next.  And even make a minor adjustment again if you’re performing in a few hours. 

My heart doesn’t like to stay in tune either.  It’s prone to wander, to get distracted, to forget the note it’s supposed to match and make up one of its own instead. 

I forget about God and try to do things on my own.  And then I wonder why things don’t sound right; why I’m frazzled and don’t have peace.  I come a little bit flat in playing the notes of grace and love.  I can’t do it on my own. 

But thankfully, sometimes, the jarring note awakens me.  I realize what I’m doing.  And I realize that I can’t be a true reflection of Him unless my heart, my will, even my thoughts are in tune with His.  Then I sheepishly, gratefully, go back to the cross, to try to hear the note again and allow my own heart to change. 

Thank God for his never-ending patience and mercy! 


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Annie  |  February 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I love this. It definitely resonated, since I play the violin and the cello and tuning can be such a hassle! And the piano – well, that’s such a hassle, they made tuning it a profession. ha! All that to say, this is an amazing post and a needed reminder and thank you!

    • 2. Annie  |  February 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      hey! i emailed disqus to see what’s going on with my commenting system and they asked for an explanation of what’s going wrong, exactly. would you mind going to disqus and telling them about how you can’t comment on my blog? they want to know these things:
      – a link to a specific page where they are experiencing this issue, e.g. http://samplesite.com/sample-page.html;
      – a step-by-step process of what happens when they try to comment;
      – screenshots of any irregularities or errors in this process;
      – the web browser and version being used, e.g. Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 3.6.13.

      thanks SO much, Megan! if they can’t fix whatever’s wrong i’ll go back to blogger commenting, so you will be able to comment soon!

      • 3. Annie  |  February 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        forgot the link to the page: http://disqus.com/support

      • 4. Megan  |  February 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

        no worries! I’ll definitely do that. It annoys me that I can’t be a good blog friend and comment on your blog 🙂

      • 5. Annie  |  February 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

        thanks! i really appreciate it! :]

  • 6. singamelody  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I’ve never thought about that. Too often I sing through songs without thinking about the words – but this is so true! I guess I might just do some tuning this morning :-).


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