6. Can You Hear the Music? (The Divine Orchestra)

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God created music because He likes music. Do you like music? Do you think that God likes to sing to music? Would you like to hear God sing? I would love to hear God sing. We are learning to fine tune into the voice of God.

God’s Orchestra

I want to look at Gods orchestra and the orchestra that He sings to. God has several different types of orchestras and we know that an orchestra is something that consists of a multitude of instruments and each instrument is played and produces a certain note, tone and sound and they combine to produce a symphony. God is the master conductor. As we look through history, we see God conducting His orchestra. We see nations rise and fall according to His music and orchestration according to what they would call His arrangement.

How God orchestrates among the nations

Each actor in history stands in his lot and place; for God’s great work after His own plan will be carried out by men who have prepared themselves to fill positions for good or evil. In opposition to righteousness, men become instruments of unrighteousness. But they are not forced to take this course of action. They need not become instruments of unrighteousness, any more than Cain needed to. . . . {CC 371.2}

Men of all characters, righteous and unrighteous, will stand in their several positions in God’s plan. With the characters they have formed, they will act their part in the fulfilment of history. In a crisis, just at the right moment, they will stand in the places they have prepared themselves to fill. Believers and unbelievers will fall into line as witnesses to confirm truth that they themselves do not comprehend. All will cooperate in accomplishing the purposes of God, just as did Annas, Caiaphas, Pilate, and Herod. In putting Christ to death, the priests thought they were carrying out their own purposes, but unconsciously and unintentionally they were fulfilling the purpose of God. {CC 371.3}

Have you ever played with Lego and you have a plan in mind of what you want to build and you have the instructions that give you the steps? They tell you that you need a yellow block this size to go there and then you need a red block that’s so sized to go there. This is what God does. He is building history and the future. He is taking little blocks of Lego and building His building but it is the little blocks themselves who have said I want to be a little yellow block or I want to be a big red block so God says okay there is the block I want so I will use you here and I will use you there. This is how it is that God works. It is also how it is that He builds His orchestras. That is one of Gods orchestras. Here is another orchestra and that orchestra is in our personal life because in order to build this large orchestra of history, He needs to work on the orchestra of the individual life. They are not forced to take this course of action but He will work in the individual life seeking to bring about a certain response.

We want to listen to God singing. When we sing a hymn, do we just go straight into the song? We don’t, we have a little prelude and that is what God does with us. He wants to sing in our lives. He wants to sing in our lives and our lives to be beautiful and melodious for Him so He can sing to it but before we sing, we go through a little prelude. We want to examine if we can find in our lives and experience a prelude to the Father singing. We can.

Psalm 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

The word astray, does that link your mind to something in the new testament? Maybe a little sheep?

The Lost Sheep

Luke 15:1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

15:3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

15:5 And when he hath found [it], he layeth [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing.

15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together [his] friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

This little sheep wasn’t paying attention. It got busy in its own self and started having a hard time and it met with affliction. This little sheep was sought after. How was it that the shepherd could find it? Wasn’t it bleating? Help, help I don’t like this experience

Before I was afflicted I went astray but now I have I kept thy word. I didn’t like that and then when He is found, there is beautiful rejoicing. When the sinner repents, you know who it is that sings? The Father Himself.

We must bear in mind the great joy manifested by the Shepherd at the recovery of the lost. He calls upon His neighbors: “Rejoice with Me; for I have found My sheep which was lost.” And all heaven echoes the note of joy. The Father Himself joys over the rescued one with singing. {6T 124.3}

The Father Himself, it is enough to hear the angels singing but the Father? The Ancient of Days rejoicing over one individual? It is precious isn’t it? What an ecstasy of joy is expressed in this parable. That joy it is your privilege to share, to share in the joy of the Fathers singing. God plays His music and just like in our music, there needs to be an introduction and then we come out singing, so it is that God works in our lives that before He can sing He has to play a little introduction. What is the introduction? How can we understand this in a clearer light?

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

He steps back and permits us to make an experience. He permits us to suffer an affliction because if we are afflicted, then I won’t go astray so He permits us to suffer but how does He permit that to take place? What kind of instruments is He using?

How safely did I see God’s people walk? Whom God had hedged in. They were in His care, protection and special providence. Though they were full as bad as I by nature, yet because he loved them, he would not suffer them to fall without the range of mercy. Now I saw that as God had has hand in all providences and dispensation that overtook His elect, so he has his hand in all the temptations that they had to sin against Him. John Bunyan – Grace Abounding.

A lot of people will say no, God doesn’t dilly dally with sin, God doesn’t deal with that kind of thing. But did you know this was a man of God? He was true minister, he preached righteousness by faith. He saw that as God had His hand in all providences and dispensations, so He took His instrument, what is His instrument? All His temptations that they had to sin against Him.

Not to animate them unto wickedness, but to choose their temptations and troubles for them and also to leave them for a time to such sins only as might not destroy but humble them. As might not put them beyond but lay them in the way of renewing His mercy. But oh what love, what care, what kindness and mercy did I now see? Mixing itself with the most severe and dreadful of all Gods ways to His people. He would let David, Hezekiah, Solomon, Peter and others fall but he would not let them fall into sin unpardonable nor into hell for sin. Oh thought I, these be the men that God hath loved, these be the men that God though chastiseth them, keeps them in safety by Him and them whom He makes to abide under the shadow of the almighty. John Bunyan. Ibid.

Isn’t that profound that God would have His hand in all of our temptations? But He would actually measure it all and He would see okay, now these are the different avenues of temptation they can fall into here, if they go down that path there, they are going to fall flat on their face, the discouragement is going to be too big, they are not going to get back up again. God says no, I am going to make sure they don’t go that way but these temptations here yes, I will let them fall into that temptation because I see it is going to bring them to the knees of the cross of my Son. There is this beautiful instrument that God is playing so He plays this beautiful prelude in our lives and through our failings to bring us to repentance so when we are in tears before the Lord repenting, now He can sing. Do we need to become discouraged if we fail? The Father has been playing His instrument because He wants to sing. I want to hear Him sing and I’m grateful for what is written that God would not suffer us to fall without the range of mercy.

God’s orchestra is perfect and it is very fine tuned. Not only does God orchestrate the nations and the things that take place in the world around us, but He also orchestrates our temptations and our troubles. He does some very fine tuning in His orchestra. You wouldn’t believe what He orchestrates.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

I find to this day seven abominations in my heart. 1 Inclining’s to unbelief. John Bunyan – Grace Abounding to Chief of Sinners.

Do you find that in yours?

2. suddenly to forget the love and mercy that Christ manifesteth. 3. A leaning to the works of the law. John Bunyan – Grace Abounding to Chief of Sinners.

Have you found that in your heart?

4. Wanderings and coldness in prayer. 5. To forget to watch for that I pray for. 6. Apt to murmur because I have no and ready to abuse what I have. 7. I can do none of those things which God commands me but my corruptions will thrust in themselves, when I would do good evil is present with me. John Bunyan – Grace Abounding to Chief of Sinners.

Have you found those abominations in your heart? Then this study Is for you.

These things I continually see and feel and am afflicted and oppressed with yet the wisdom of God doth order them for my good.

He has arranged the abominations of my heart. Really let that sink in. These seven abominations of our heart which are so discouraging when we discover them, it is just a prelude to the Fathers singing.

Yet the wisdom of God doth order them for my good. 1. They make me abhor myself. 2. They keep me from trusting my heart. 3. They convince me of the insufficiency of all inherit righteousness. 4. They show me the necessity of flying to Jesus. 5. They press me to pray unto God. 6. They show me the need I have to watch and be sober. 7. They provoke me to look to God through Christ to help me and carry me through this world. John Bunyan – Grace Abounding to Chief of Sinners.

God loves to sing so in our lives and hearts, have you heard of heart strings? Here is the heart, He is playing His melody on it. We often meet with experiences in our lives that we find so discouraging, things don’t seem to be going the way we would like them to be. We want to get frustrated. Do you know what God is telling us? He is telling us just stop, right there in the experience you are making stop, and listen and see if you can hear the music because all God is doing is bringing you to your knees and He is playing His prelude and I want to sing with the Father. I want to let those experiences bring me to my knees. Instead of running from it, to just yes, that is what I’m going through. I can hear the music. May God help us to be fine-tuned to that music is my prayer.

Amen.

Posted on April 14, 2012, in Hearing Gods Voice Camp Woody. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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