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I have no gift to bring that’s fit to give the King

What do we have to give the Lord, the King of kings, the creator of the universe? There is nothing we can give him that he has not seen, that he has not created, that he has not already given us as a gift of grace. The earth is his and everything in it! So what can we do?

As musicians, we get really excited about writing new riffs, getting perfect tone, and coming up with fresh beats. But really, God created it all and he knows all music before we even play it. He created good tone, he created harmony and he has heard the angles singing since the day he created them. When we write, we are just discovering what God has already created somehow. So, what could we do as musicians to impress the Lord?

First, we can play our best for him. I believe God is honored in our excellence. See Shai Linne’s blog or Tim’s post on craftsmanship for more on this.

Secondly, we must make our hearts humble before the Lord. God looks at the heart of man not the outer appearance! We will never be able to write a melody that is impressive to God. It is however, possible to be pleasing to him in our worship. If our music is rooted in the gospel and centered on bringing God glory rather than ourselves, I believe God will delight in our music.

For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. — (1 Samuel 16:7)

Ultimately, we need to be concerned about how God sees our heart through our music and how the world is introduced to his grace. What a great balance that is! Show God a humble heart, bring the church before the throne of grace, and show the world that not only is our music incredible, it is the truth of the gospel.

From the words of the Little Drummer Boy:

I have no gift to bring, that’s fit to give the King. Shall I play for you, on my drum? Mary nodded. I played my drum for Him, I played my best for Him, Then He smiled at me, me and my drum.

Grace and Peace,

Austin

2 Comments to I have no gift to bring that’s fit to give the King

  1. December 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Dang, Humbling, Thanks Austin. You can all pray that I can find that balance of submission and excellence, I get swiped so quickly in thinking I can offer greatness for the King on my own accord.
    well said my friend
    Nick/AVOICE

  2. steele's Gravatar steele
    December 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Austin! I really appreciate your thoughts!

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