I Don't Know If I Ever Will Play the Flute...
I was taking my time reading Psalm 5 today. This Psalm is very interesting to me. First, David arranged it so his words could be sung with a flute accompaniment. This Psalm is as unique as is a flute and its player. I have tried to play a flute before and it is not an easy instrument to play. I used to think it took no effort at all to play this instrument. How much trouble could a long metal stick with holes create for you? I was very wrong. It takes a lot of wind, stamina and the correct mouth placement to create even a sound. It takes a lot of hard work to play a flute.
As I read David’s words, I actually related his Psalm to playing the flute. Life is hard and it takes a lot of stamina and hard work to confront it every day. David says, “O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
Does it take stamina in your life to wait? I know it does in mine. There are things that I desire to happen and I earnestly pray; however, I feel like I just stepped into a checkout line at Wal-Mart. Do you ever have to wait when you go there? I can go to the shortest line and it immediately becomes the longest. My patience is tested more than any other time there. I have even tried to beat the system by going out to lawn and garden, but still no luck.
David feels like he is in the longest line. He is praying and it seems like God is not listening. Yes, I have been there. Patience does not come to us naturally – but with God’s help we definitely can work at it. We should be striving for patience because Galatians 5:22-23 tells us it is one of the fruits of the spirit. Patience is the fruit that is cultivated from a well pruned vine and has been disciplined to yield only the best fruit.
David continues to say that God does not like sin. He said it this way, “O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked. Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil. You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.”
I am a sinner. I hope that does not come as a surprise to you, because (no harm intended) you are a sinner as well. He does not tolerate our wickedness. You may be saying, “I am not that bad.” Listen, I have said that before, but that doesn’t work because there are no levels of sin. Sin rocks my world and it rocks the world of everyone around us. You and I know folks who think they are less of a sinner than others, but that is simply not true. The Pharisees stood and watched others stone someone to death, but they would have said they were blameless in the whole ordeal. We are sinners.
However, what David said next made me want to shout. Yes, I know, I would be considered a Baptist, but I still felt like shouting. He wrote, “Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe. Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.”
The statement, “Because of your unfailing love,”, I could have stopped reading right there. No matter how messed up I am, He still loves me. Yes, I know you may be going through a tough spot in your life, but He has unfailing love for you. Look at what Job said, “If I go to the east, God is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him." (Job 23:8-9). You may feel like today.
However, remember this, no matter what you feel or what happens in your life, God exists and He loves you. No matter how awful things become, no matter what happens, we can never be separated from God's love. God hasn't forgotten you. And even though it might not feel like it, He is still in control, holding you in the palm of His hand (Psalm 139:10). I want you to be able to say what David said in Psalm 27:14, "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
Yes, it takes stamina to play the flute and I think a great deal of those who choose to make it their instrument of choice. It requires hard work making that long metal stick with holes create a sound. I also think a lot of those who are walking through hard and difficult times in their lives, yet they have patience and are not quitting.
When I walked through the valley of death with my daughter I will admit to you quitting crossed my mind several times. I could have walked away from everything spiritual, but I am so glad that my help and strength did not come from myself. Strength and stamina came from my Heavenly Father. I was in the palm of His hand then and I am in the palm of His hand today. No matter what “long line” you may be standing in, in your life. Hold on! Have patience, take heart, and wait on the Lord.