With my wife’s background in music it was assumed by most people that our children would all play the piano. Each has their own song that they love to play and that is the extent of the piano. They all have expressed that they probably felt that they would never measure up to her ability and thus it became a cop out for them quitting early in life. I must say that they are all musical and this carries over to each of the grandchildren. At family gatherings the array of participants can be quite interesting.
The youngest grandchild had decided on piano. She was six. Initially she decided she would play, but would not remember her notes. Some of her masterpieces were just pieces that only she could figure out. This time she decided she would learn her notes because Grandma finally put her foot down.
One week as she was learning some new notes and practicing, Patsy asked if she could play the song with her. She had just discovered what her hearing had been telling her all along; for instance that G’s all sound alike, etc. As they began to play, her face suddenly lit up. She was beginning to see the necessity of understanding her notes and how she and Grandma could embellish the song by adding other notes, creating a far greater arrangement. She ended up playing the ukulele.
While I enjoy music, notes on a staff are identifiable as up or down from this point to that point. Please do not ask me to figure out how to make that transition in one step. By the time I reach that point, the song is over. At the same time I might say to my wife, I like that sound, or something does not sound right in that portion. For many years she has patiently explained the problem… to no avail.
For the Christian, there is the truth that “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God”. It came the moment we put our faith in Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. Accompanying that is the realization of the rest of the verse: “Many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:3 NASB) Then there is the challenge of Ephesians 5:19,20: “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.”
Making melody is an enjoinment, an enjoyment, and an employment of a Spirit-filled life.