Sunday, January 18, 2015

A New Song

January 18

(Psalms 40:3 NIV) “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”

Music is an amazing gift of God… given to us for his worship, praise, and glory.

The traditional musical scale contains a mere seven notes. Yet within the framework of that seven note scale, music almost as varied as creation can be produced. Out of this “do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti” scale, we continue to produce new songs and arrangements that have never been heard before. From this one finite scale comes an almost infinite number of varied sounds, melodies, and arrangements. In just Western culture alone, we have classical, blues, country, jazz, soul, big band, rock, symphony, folk, rap, gospel, bluegrass and many other genres. Worldwide the variety is almost endless.

What a great metaphor for humanity. God creates each of us as a unique new song of praise to him. Even though we have similarities, we are also very different from everyone else on earth. God gives each of us a melody of our very own.

But as the years roll by, our notes can grow flat. The strings of our life get stretched --sometimes even broken. We may continue singing, but it’s the same old song. Our melody becomes strained and out of tune with God. Our notes end up producing dissonance instead of harmony. We begin to compose more protest songs than praise songs. When this happens, we can end up singing a sour note solo.

Then comes Jesus, who by grace, offers to rearrange our sad song. If we say yes to His gift, He puts a new song in our mouth… a song that gets us back into harmony with God… a song that once again fulfills its purpose of glorifying the Lord… a song that others will listen to.  

What a great way to spend this next year. What a great way to spend one's entire life. So in this first month of the New Year, why not ask God for a new song... and then listen for it. You’ll be glad you did.

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