Karl Barth in his Church Dogmatics describes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as “having inner ears for the Word of Christ“.
For musicians this has incredible depth of meaning. “Inner ears” are what makes it possible for us to hear music just by thinking it, without having it written down and without having to sing or play it. “Inner ears” are what makes improvisation possible, and what makes emotional expression possible. “Inner ears” take music that was once external and make it internal, actually making it a part of the musician’s being. In short, “inner ears” for a musician are what makes the difference between merely having some technical proficiency and actually making music.
Having “inner ears” for the Word of Christ – what better way to describe the coming-alive-ness the Holy Spirit brings? It’s the difference between knowing stuff about God and actually living the faith… the difference between an external God and an internal Lord, infused throughout one’s being.
May all reading this be blessed with inner ears for the Word of Christ.