He has told you, O man, what is good;Micah 6:8
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
We are to do justice. We are to love kindness. And we are to walk humbly with God. The Hebrew word for humbly is tsana. You’ll find it translated humbly only here in the Old Testament. It means to be circumspect or careful and prudent.
Here’s a vain attempt to analogize the synthesis of doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly. A musician plays all the right notes, and does so with passion, but he or she must yield to all the notations and Italian words above the staff as to tempo and dynamics. To ignore these instructions is to resist the will of the composer.
Interpreting all these notations is the conductor. In this case though, the composer and conductor are one.
Only God knows how he wants us to play out our lives. We need to defer to Him as an orchestra would a conductor.
I’ve played music under the direction of many conductors, but recently sat under a world-renowned director who happens to attend my church. We performed Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. He was so good he was aware of every part played, but he was also there in person among us despite his lofty status! Similarly, the same God who can exact a pound of flesh wipes our brow when we’re weary and tired and guides us by the hand through life’s difficult passages.
For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
“But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”Isaiah 57:15, 66:2
We are to humbly do the will of God, and that requires walking step by step with him, or in the context of music, following every movement of his arms, his gestures, and expressions on his face.
Otherwise, we’ll favor justice over kindness, or vice versa, or worse, improvise.
The most common admonition you’ll get from a musical director is “watch me.” Same goes…