The Sagamore Hotel, with its sweeping view of Lake George in upstate New York, has a history of catering to the elite. The hotel lobby is a vision of elegance and tranquility.
In the center of this spacious area sits a shiny baby grand piano, just calling for gifted fingers to touch its keys. Then one sees the neatly framed notice on the closed lid: “We kindly ask that you do not play the piano. Thank you.”
In other words, the piano is for display only — not for producing music. Its true purpose has been denied; its potential wasted.
Two instances in the New Testament echo this prohibition.
When the crowd was shouting praises to Jesus, the Pharisees wanted Him to rebuke them. He refused to do so.
When Peter and John were warned by the religious leaders not to teach or preach in the name of Jesus, they replied, “We cannot help but speak the things we have seen and heard.” They were flogged — but the message continued.
The sound of praise coupled with the majesty of Jesus’ Name is music that must never be silenced! It has the power to lift the soul and fill the earth with God’s glory. It carries the message of life and hope. It is the song of redemption.
I will let my words and actions be a song of praise to my Savior.