Play skillfully

BTW – I’m griping at me in this devotional.

I love the sound of a guitar, whether it be acoustic or electric. I’ve owned and played both, and I love the sound of them. I taught myself guitar when I was about 10 and have played continually since then.

Through the years I’ve noticed that I am not drawn so much to musical genres as I am to the guitar style used within the genre.

The guitar has been so impactful to me that I’ve given one to each of my children. All play guitar but none love the instrument the way I do. And, I know some of their guitars gather dust. That’s not what God wants from us.

There’s a small verse buried in the astounding thirty-third Psalm that is so easily missed, yet it carries the weight of God’s Word and deserves to be taught and respected the same as “For God so loved the world…” I’m speaking of Psalms 33:3 which says:

Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.

All that we, as followers of Jesus Christ, do should be done as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). So, whether we are cleaning toilets, sewing buttons on a homeless man’s coat or performing in an Easter cantata we need to learn and practice that skill, so we do the job well: “Play skillfully…

We may never play guitar like a Chet Atkins, B.B King or Eric Clapton but you and I need to learn and practice using the tools and talents God has given us, so that we are skillful, as God intended. Our work should be a testimony, both to God and man, of how we’re using His tools.

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