1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. 6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. 7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
As somewhat of a musician I understand the importance of an instrument being in tune. It is vital to the whole band for every instrument to be precisely on key. To make sure that this is the case, we have tuners so that we can make the necessary adjustments. The tuner will let you know when a particular string is not precisely where it needs to be even when it can’t be heard by man’s ear.
As a musician you learn to trust the tuner, but there are times that one string can become so out of tune that it can distort the performance of the whole band. Regardless of how good of a musician you are the only thing that will correct the issue is to get that particular string back in tune. It's better just to stop playing rather than to keep playing wrong. If you continue playing while out tune don't be surprised if you get a few strange looks.
David said, “my heart is fixed”. He is confessing that his heart is in tune with God, all of the strings of his heart have been adjusted and brought into fellowship with God. He then continues on to say “I will sing and give praise” what is praise?
Praise is an outburst of worship, a physical reflection of being in touch with God inwardly. This can only be properly done when our hearts are in tune (FIXED). There may be times when we don't realize we are out of tune, that is why we have God’s word. His word can tune our hearts with great precision if we will simply use it. Remember it only takes one string out of adjustment to effect the entire band.
Let us come before our maker and ask Him to tune (fix) our hearts so that we may praise Him, and give Him all honor and glory.
Pastor Todd McClain