Who Hath Made Man's Mouth?

Monday, April 06, 2009

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    "And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." (Exodus 4:10-12)
I was reminded of this passage of Scripture when I was on the schedule to sing for the church service on Sunday night, and I still had lingering physical difficulties associated with a recent bout with the flu. My nose was running, my throat had the "gunkies" and my left ear was partially blocked from an overabundance of ear wax. In a situation like this, one is truly reminded of the necessity of allowing God to take and use a broken vessel to accomplish His work and His will.

Even at our very best, we are nothing more than unworthy servants, through whom God can receive the glory that He alone deserves. If it is God's will that we serve Him, and it is in God's plan that we are to sing His praises in front of an audience, then God will give us the grace and help to do what He has called us to do.

As Isaiah said, even the best work that we do is nothing more than "filthy rags:"
    "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isaiah 64:6)
King Solomon put it this way, when he indicated that without God's help, our best work is meaningless:
    "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all." (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
There is no room in God's service for prima donnas, who refuse to serve the Lord unless everything meets their personal requirements for a perfect performance. Who are we striving to please, anyway?
    "For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." (John 12:43)
God is glorified when we give what we have, we do the best that we are capable of, and give Him the glory for any good that is accomplished through what we do.
    "For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound [overflow] to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:15-16)
When you sing, focus on the Lord, forget your physical limitations, and concentrate on clearly presenting the message of the song with expressiveness and passion, and trust God to do the real work in the heart of the listener through the moving of the Holy Spirit of God. He made your mouth, He made your tongue, and He can accomplish His will through you, His willing servant, despite your personal difficulties

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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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