I. Story of «Taps »
When I was around 22 years old, my high school band director, Mr. Winnie, asked me to play Taps at his grandfather's funeral. Taps is a song played on the bugle or trumpet when a military person dies in the States. I agreed to play for him. I showed up early so that I would know where I needed to be and how everything was going to run. As I walked up to the gravesite, however, another man was standing there holding a trumpet. He was a veteran sent by the veterans to play at the funeral, not knowing that Mr. Winnie had already invited me to play. So to make everything alright, I asked if we could play an echo. He agreed and said I could play the echo. We needed to rehearse so he started the song. When he started to play, I noticed that his playing ability was very minimal. When I came in to play my part, I had to match him to sound like a true echo. It was very tough. Before we were to play, I asked him as politely as I could, if I could play the lead so that it would be easier to match him. He agreed and the song went well. If we had not played the notes similarly, however, it would have sounded very ugly and wouldn’t have been as loud. Being « in tune » with each other was very important. In music, the most important part, about playing in a group, is how well we are in tune. Being in tune is called intonation.
Intonation is how well two sounds match. If one sound is slightly above another it sounds bad, the same as if one sound is below another. This of course is for sounds that are the same frequency.
III. What does intonation and frequency have in common?
Music travels in waves like the waves of an ocean. (show example on the board) The size and speed of the wave determines its frequency. If the note is a high note the frequency is faster, but if the note is lower the frequency is slower (show example on the board). Intonation happens when two waves are traveling at exactly the same speed. When this happens we get one wave instead of two. Intonation makes the sounds pleasing to the ear.
IV. How do we apply this musical concept to our Christian lives?
God wants us to be “in tune” with him. He wants us to live on the same frequency as him. How do we become the type of Christian who lives in tune with our creator? First we need to understand to the best of our ability what the heavenly Father’s frequency is. To discover His frequency we must search His word to find what He wants us to do. We have many great examples in the Bible of those who wanted to know the frequency of God. Look at Acts 17:10-12
The Bereans were of more noble character because they received the message with great eagerness and because they examined the scriptures EVERY DAY. The Bereans were constantly in study. How can we know the will of God if we never look at the words he left for us? Daily study is the key to finding the right frequency.
1 Thess. 5:16-22. God gives us many characteristics in this verse about how he wants us to live our lives in tune with him. Being joyful, praying continually, being thankful for everything, keeping the spirit’s fire, test everything, hold on to good, and avoiding evil. How rich is this verse, that in such a short length, explains so much of how to live our lives. Our attitude is also a very important key to finding the right frequency. 2 Tim. 3:16-17
2 Tim. 3:16-17. Once again we see the importance of study so that we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Ability to understand your faith and why you believe the Bible is another key to finding the correct frequency.
Col. 3:2-3. Setting our minds on God at all times of the day is another way of finding the frequency of God. We need to be thinking of what He wants for us, what He has done for us, why He has done those things, praying to Him, basically always having him on our minds. These are a few ways we can make sure we live in tune with God, by finding which frequency he is on.
V. Are you “in tune” with God or with the world?
Something we must not forget is that the world is on a different frequency from God because it is Satan’s frequency. God is the light and evil is the darkness. So the frequency of Satan is completely opposite from that of God’s.
What is the danger? The physics of sound is important to remember as a musician. Interference can help you or hurt you. Interference works like this (example on the board). There are two different types of interference: constructive, and deconstructive. When we work with constructive interference, we add two wavelengths that are the same. Once we add these two like wavelengths, perfectly in tune, they form one wavelength which doubles in size.
Deconstructive interference is opposite of that. When we add a wavelength to another but it is exactly opposite to the other, they flat line and we get no sound. It’s an incredible scientific concept.
How does this concept relate to our Christian application? If we live on God’s frequency, constructive interference will occur and our Godly frequency will double in size. However we must be in tune for this to happen. At the same time, while we are having constructive interference with God, we have an opposite frequency to that of the devil, causing his frequency to flat-line and his influence to not have an impact with us.
The other scenario is scary however. If we are on the wavelength of the world, that wavelength will double in size and God’s frequency will flat-line in our lives.
VI. Is it possible to lose our “intonation” with God?
Hebrews 6:4-6. God tells us in his word that it is possible for those who have heard the truth to lose the frequency with him and become lost once again. It is our job to continue studying and searching for God so that we do not reject his word and fall away.
VII. How do we stay “in tune” once we have found the frequency?
Psalms 119:9-16. How do we keep the frequency? We keep it by living according to the word, seeking God, having his word inside our hearts, praising Him, speaking about Him with our lips, rejoicing that we are His, following His ways, meditating on his word and being happy to follow God’s laws.
Romans 8:9-11. Having the Spirit of God living in us gives us the frequency as well. If we allow Christ to be in us, we become “in tune” with the Father.
VIII. How do we show others how to get “in tune”?
IX. Are you “in tune” with the right frequency?
Do you examine the scriptures, have the correct attitude, understand your belief, set your minds on things above, and tell others about this great gift from God?
Have you noticed your frequency getting out of tune with that of God’s? Would you like to fully understand what God’s frequency is? Would you like to be buried in the waters of baptism so that you can obtain the Godly frequency?