Funny how these things come together, the unrelated bits and pieces that coalesce to make a post. The word is harmony.
I don’t know what came first but we’ll start with this article from New Scientist. Never mind about quantum theory or electromagnetism or gravity. Let’s look at the violin string. Two strings that are related in length by a simple ratio will produce… Harmony. Pleasing harmony.
The Pythagoreans didn’t invent harmony. They just discovered it. Johann Bernoulli didn’t devise it. He just explained it. So who came up with harmony? God did. And when George Harrison or Eric Clapton or even Jimi Hendrix played a guitar solo so sweet you could almost taste it they were approaching the throne of God in worship. We didn’t recognize it as worship and they didn’t either. They probably thought it was talent or maybe the drugs but it was worship. How could anything so sweet and beautiful be anything but worship to God, the God of harmony? I don’t know. Maybe that’s going to far. But somehow I think of anything beautiful or inspiring was born of God no matter how it was delivered.
Sad it is that we as Christians do not live in harmony. We allow theological differences to divide us. And the world hears the harsh noise of discord instead of the perfect harmony that God intended.
The Bible has this to say about harmony:
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
(Psalms 133:1-3 New Living Translation)
What an amazing word picture of God’s harmony. We are not all designed to play the same note but we are designed to play in harmony.
Back in the seventies there was The Cruse Family and they had a album (one of those black vinyl things) named Harmony. I found where I can download the whole album from one of those media download sites. I’m scared to trust it but I would really like to get my hands on the whole thing. I did find a UTube of one of the songs.
So here it is. Enjoy harmony in true worship and praise to God, the God of harmony.