Back in 1971, the New Seekers recorded a commercial jingle for Coca Cola, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony. It became one of the most influential TV ads in history, and an expanded version, (dropping the Coke references), rose to the top of popular charts all over the world. The tune was lilting, but it was the lyrics that captured the imagination of the young.
I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms, and keep it company.
I’d like to see the world for once, all standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills for peace throughout the land.
The song tapped into the heart of a troubled world and a generation at war with itself, giving voice to hopes and dreams programmed into our primordial DNA by the Creator Himself. Without doubt, the entire human race is longing for a world in tune with itself; a world of perfect harmony.
But perfect harmony doesn’t just happen; It takes the long, skillful work of composers, arrangers, conductors, musicians and instrument tuners. And it’s the same in the Kingdom. Jesus gives us the master pitch, and brings us into tune with Himself: “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus our Lord has done for us.” (Romans 5;1) But that’s only the beginning, the tune-up note for the symphonic beauty which follows: “Peace on earth, goodwill towards all men.”
As we step into 2020 we find ourselves in a discordant world of political bickering, divisive opinion, finger-pointing, and contempt. I pray that each of us would refocus our lives on the Prince of Peace, the Master of perfect harmony; learning his ways of honor, love, and respect. Disagreements are inevitable; ugliness is optional. May our discipleship lead us into that world we’re all dreaming of.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the sons of God.”
9 thoughts on “Perfect Harmony”
always good to hear from you my brother. Mercy Grace and Peace in Christ Jesus
Thanks Alf! You’re always the encourager!
Bill! What a blessing to hear from you! I’ve been seeing your name pop up more recently, and it brings back good memories.
Don, you have a fantastic gift of bringing us back into perspective. Thanks brother!
Chris! I was hoping to see you and the Family over the holidays. Hope all is well! Miss you!
Great post Don. I do believe that harmony and peace is a deep-seated desire for so many. Only the Prince of Peace can sort it out as we submit to Him. Amen!
It also provides those few without exceptional talent that is neither vocal nor instrumental, in musical terms, in my case, a few well practiced bass words in chorus or a timpani or sticks tuned, timed and then conducted with great skill.