As the pilgrims drew nearer and nearer to their destination—the beautiful temple sitting high on Mt. Zion, the compilers of the Songs of Ascents wanted them to start feeling the excitement of soon being in the presence of the One True God. They wanted the pilgrim’s long journey to climax with the thrill of stepping into the holy place where the God they served dwelled in all His glory. They came from all corners of the land; from many cities, towns and villages; over straight, crooked, narrow and hilly roads to be together and stand on holy ground to worship the King of glory.

What a beautiful sight when believers fellowship and worship together in unity. It’s like being under an anointing that flows down over the head and into the body, like it did on Aaron, flowing down into his beard and onto the collar of his robe. It’s also like being covered with a mist that settles down the same way dew settles down on the mountains of Zion. For it was there that the LORD Eternal initiated His plan to bring the blessing of eternal life.” Psalm 133:1-3

Reflection: Piano tuners tell us that the key of A Major on the keyboard represents the perfect pitch. Composers such as Bach and Mozart; singer Nat King Cole; conductor André Prévin and others possessed this ability to hit that perfect pitch. They also tell us that singer Phil Collins likes to tune the drums, because with his perfect pitch ability he picks up vibrations most people never hear. Such individuals instantaneously identify any key when played on an instrument. It is said of Elvis Presley, that his voice covered two octaves and a third, from the baritone low-G to the tenor high B, with an upward extension in falsetto to at least a D flat. Presley’s best octave is in the middle, D-flat to D-flat, granting an extra full step up or down. He had the ability to make everyone in the audience think that he was singing directly to them. The latest research informs us that that only 1 out of 10,000 people possess this unique ability. Also, that 80% of it comes from heredity. Once given a key to sing or hum, they complete the song without ever losing pitch or going off key. Further, it has been reported that some composers actually chose certain keys to represent the mood of their music, or that represented the feeling in their words. Researchers also say that by giving a bell that rings in the key of A to a baby, will lead to their developing this talent. Church musicians also inform us that with a piano on the platform and a trumpet player in the balcony, when the trumpet player blows in the key of A, that on a perfectly tuned piano the A string will resound in response. The psalmist saw a similar correlation between how men’s hearts tuned to the perfect pitch of honesty, integrity, non-prejudice and non-hypocrisy, will cause their hearts to vibrate to God’s voice of truth. Although we don’t find it written anywhere in Scripture, I’m ready to accept that the voices of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are in the perfect pitch. So when anyone of them speaks, someone with a perfectly tuned heart will automatically respond. No wonder the apostle Paul tells us that on the day of resurrection, the dead in Christ will respond first to the sound of the trumpet (1Co. 15:52), a truth he learned from the Master words (Mt. 24:31). But like a piano, or other instrument, we must go to the Master Tuner to be adjusted to the proper key. So ask yourself, when was the last time you went to Him for a tune up?

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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  1. This is a beautiful reflection Bob! For all lovers of music, singers or any players or tuners of instruments, we try to tune our voices and instruments to the perfect pitch and tune before any rendition or performance. We are guilty and forget that God is the Master Tuner! Just as when our life experiences struggles, difficulties, problems, despair and lack of direction, remember to tune in to God and pray for guidance. Only then, will we reach our final destination.


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