On Thursday morning, I wrote about God referring to Paul as his chosen instrument. I love all the hope tucked into this choice. It means that if God can choose and use a “guy like Paul” then he can choose and use anyone. I mentioned in that post the idea that Paul was an instrument on the wrong road, heading in the wrong direction, and playing the wrong song.
And, yet, the God of the universe singled him out and used him.
Later that same day, I attended our Thursday evening service at church and had to smile when our pastor referred to God as the “maestro of the universe.”
This former band nerd, loves that word. And it went along well with all the thoughts that had been rolling around in my brain earlier in the day about God choosing his instruments. God found, selected, and used a man who had been playing the wrong song. Then, God (the maestro), taught him how to play the right song.
Just pause and let that melody wash over your soul for a moment.
Our talents and our abilities are not what matter most when God invites us to sit in his orchestra pit. What matters most is the “maestro of the universe”. The all-knowing, all-powerful One who was there even before the first notes played out.
Psalm 98 (Message translation)
Sing to God a brand-new song.
He’s made a world of wonders!
He rolled up his sleeves,
He set things right.
God made history with salvation,
He showed the world what he could do.
He remembered to love us, a bonus To his dear family, Israel – indefatigable love.
The whole earth comes to attention.
Look – God’s work of salvation!
Shout your praises to God, everybody!
Let loose and sing!
Strike up the band!
Round up an orchestra to play for God, Add on a hundred-voice choir.
Feature trumpets and big trombones, Fill the air with praises to King God.
Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause, With everything living on earth joining in.
Let ocean breakers call out, “Encore!” And mountains harmonize the finale –
A tribute to God when he comes, When he comes to set the earth right. He’ll straighten out the whole world, He’ll put the world right, and everyone in it.