Perfect Pitch (Psalms 119:96)

Perfect pitch.

It is defined as the ability to recreate a given musical note without a reference tone. Such individuals are also able to identify the pitch of a note played by any musical instrument or the key of a musical piece. I don’t have this skill and for many years, I wished I did. However, recently I discovered an interesting fact that made me reconsider this. Only 2-4% of musicians have perfect pitch. While perfect pitch may be perceived as a desirable skill to have as a musician, it may also be a significant hindrance. If a song is transposed from a different key, it may be distressing for one with perfect pitch to enjoy or play along since they will always perceive the song as out of tune. Perfect pitch sounds like a desirable quality for a musician to have but there are caveats and drawbacks. 

Isn’t perfection always an enviable goal? The world informs us that this should be our goal in life, yet at times, perfection has unintended consequences. What about our spiritual lives? Certainly we should strive for perfection in our relationship with God but are there any drawbacks? What does God say?

Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit. 

Psalms 119:96 (NLT)

While we may seek perfection in the things of this world, ultimately it will fail and leave us frustrated. Instead, the only perfection we should seek is with our relationship with God and His teachings. No limits, no drawbacks, and no unintended consequences. God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. True perfection is only realized by realizing and confessing our own imperfections and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.


Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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