“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Harmony on Parade

(Please read 1 Peter 3:8-12)

July 3

Have you ever watched, or even participated in, a high-school band contest? With the players impeccably dressed and ramrod straight, carrying gleaming instruments and accompanied by well-drilled flag squads, those bands are quite captivating. Even though the players and their instruments vary in size, they march with almost perfect precision.

And their playing generally is superb. After the cacophony of tuning up, they suddenly blend, harmonize and produce music as they parade smartly before the spectators. Of course, there could be a few sour notes here and there, but if so they are not often prominent enough to detract from the overall harmony produced by each band. Other band members do not stop and lecture errant players, nobody throws a horn down in disgust, no player walks off and no one is kicked out of the band.

Those bands typify “bands” of Christians, at least some of them, in several ways. Harmony, you know, is not restricted to music. It means agreement, accord, peace, unity. In our text the apostle Peter exhorted Christians to “live in harmony with one another” (NIV). That doesn’t mean we have to be exactly alike, though. It takes diversity to produce harmony; that’s why most of our music has parts for four different voices. We don’t all sing the same tune, but like good musicians we have to march to the same drummer and coordinate our lives and efforts in order to become something beautiful.

May the Lord help us to learn real-life harmony, because we’re aiming for an eternal home where harmony is perfect and everlasting.

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