PRS and pipe organs

January 10, 2011

Sitting in worship yesterday morning we were graced by a wonderful guitar in the hands of an artist.  The artist I won’t mention right now, the guitar, well that was a Paul Reed Smith.  For those of you who know, I don’t need to say any more, but for everybody else (and that is just about everybody) Paul Reed Smith makes the best guitars in the business.  PRS guitars sound good sitting in the stand all by themselves.  OK maybe not, but they look good, and when a skilled craftsman starts to play, it is an art form at it’s highest.  So were worshiping and there is a PRS in the room.  (And aware of my earlier comments I will say I was worshiping God not the PRS, I was enjoying the guitar, not coveting it.)

Suddenly, and appropriately, a pipe organ chimed in.  It was a Wesley Hymn, so the pipes were totally where they belonged, but they drowned out the PRS!!!  Oh, yea, they drowned out the drums, the rhythm section and all the vocals as well.  I was watching on the internet, so I don’t know if that happened “in the house” but there was no other instrument audible with that organ playing.  And actually it wasn’t a real pipe organ, it was a modeling organ that can synthesize real pipe organ sounds -and it did.

OK so an organ is the weapon, excuse me, instrument of choice of a Wesley hymn, a PRS still shakes the house with most other worship music.  And I guess it let me think at least for a bit about choosing the right instrument (or weapon) for the right song (or the right fight).

For most of what you and I face most days we should arm ourselves with two things: prayer and the Word of God.  And for the really big battles we need to pull out the really big guns: prayer and the Word of God.

Sometimes we think our prayers might get drowned out by the noise of the world or the noise of the enemy, or even the noise of well meaning friends.  “But the prayer of a righteous person is powerful.  It makes things happen.”  (James 5:16)  Don’t stop praying just because there is some noise.

Prayer will protect us, help is move in the right direction, and call down reinforcements.  The Word of God will convince us and anyone else listening who is really in charge around here.  While prayer speaks to God, the Word of God will speak back to us. It will confidently remind us of the truth, so that when we have done all we can we we can stand (Ephesians 6) and face the advirsary of our soul.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12)

And remember. you may feel trapped by your circumstances, captured by the will of another, imprisoned by a situation or a person, but the Word of God cannot be chained.  (II Timothy 2:9)  Put on your armor (actually the armor of God) march on your knees until he tells you to get up, and do not be afraid, for the Great I Am hears and he will fight for you.

So whether your instrument of worship is a PRS or a pipe organ, make your instruments of warfare (and every day life a well)  prayer and the Word of God.  Nothing will drown them out.

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