Les Paul (1915-2009) Chasing Sound
The illustrious Les Paul died recently. He is highly responsible for the advancement of the solid-body electric guitar (especially the one that bears his name) and for the most significant advancements in electronics and recording. It has been said that he was “chasing sound.”
As a musician, performer, recording engineer and technician he was always chasing sound..
God is chasing a particular sound, the sound of confession from the mouths of believers.
In previous posts, Nov. 28, 2009, “Nothing to Say,” https://blogthechurch.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/nothin-to-say/ , and Dec. 2, 2009, “Something to Say,” https://blogthechurch.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/something-to-say/, we discussed confession as the third element in salvation.
Remember these scriptures?
Matthew 10.32-33, Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
• Romans 10.9-10, If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
• 1 Timothy 6.12, Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
• 1 John 4.14-15, And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
• Philippians 2.9-11, Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
• Hebrews 4.14 & 10.22-23, Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washedwith pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we confess…
Confessing is the open expression of acknowledgement of belief. There are no secret Christians. If you believe in Jesus, the natural thing to do is to tell people, and not just so you can be baptized. After Paul was baptized, he went out and preached, confessed Jesus. When I was baptized, the next day, I went to school and told Kim and the two boys at my table about Jesus and my baptism. It is natural.
If we won’t confess Jesus, well, he won’t confess our faith to the Father. Probably because if we won’t confess Jesus to people, either to be saved or to express our faith in witnessing and hope, we don’t really have faith. In fact, Revelation 21:8 states that “the cowardly” will not enter heaven. The cowardly are those Christians who will not confess and witness about Jesus. They keep it to themselves for whatever reason.
God is chasing that sound, I am chasing that sound, the sound of people confessing that they believe in Jesus and that they want to receive God’s salvation for them in Jesus Christ.
PS: Here is a YouTube presentation of Les Paul called “Chasing Sound.”