He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD. – Psalm 40:3
Back in the mid 90’s, I hosted a radio music program on our local radio station titled Sing a New Song. The purpose of the music ministry was to introduce new songs from the many styles of Christian music. There was Southern Gospel, Praise & Worship, Contemporary, etc., along with scriptures and a wrap up short devotional before signing off.
Now anyone who knows me or has spent any length of time around me knows that I love music. That is an understatement. My love for music began to take root in my early teens while listening to Kasey Casem’s Top 40 on our little transistor radio often times late into the night. I loved the way it made me feel. I loved the drums, guitars, melodies..I loved it all. And then came 1975, the year I would turn thirteen and purchase my first LP. Now for some of you, LP stands for Long Playing, and is another word for ‘album’. Think of it as a larger black two-sided CD. The LP was from the hard rock theatrical band Kiss. Yes, you read that right. From the time I placed that needle on that record, I must admit that I was hooked..line and sinker and thus began my journey into rock music. I attended all the concerts if I could. Bought all the t-shirts, posters, collecting memorabilia along the way.
Now my father would receive Christ and surrender to preach during these rock-n-roll years and needless to say, this did not go over too well with his liking nor his ears. I can still remember the day when his words were spoken like a prophecy over me. “Son, you mark my words, there will come a day when you will outgrow all of this and wished you had every penny you ever spent on all of this”. And yes, sure enough, his words came to pass many years later as I became a man and started a family of my own.
As I’ve reflected on those years so often, I think about so many groups and songs that I listened to that quite honestly were songs of a dark origin, negative nature, and so on. Now, please do not misunderstand me that I am not bashing the genre of rock-n-roll music for quite honestly, I love rock music. Although, now I am careful about what I allow in between my eyes and nose…my ears. If it doesn’t cause me to be be inspired in a positive manner and lift me up or grieves the Holy Spirit within me, I generally choose not to listen to it.
You see, since I met the Lord many years ago, as the opening scripture reads, He put a new song in my heart to sing! A song of life. A song of praise & worship. A song of joy, peace & love. And the cool thing about this song is that it is a never ending song. It continues now and into eternity.
The song this ole’ world would have you to sing is one of sadness, loneliness, weariness, I could go on and on. Reminds me about the joke about Country Music when asked what you get when you sing country music backwards?…You get your wife, dog, job, truck, house back. Selah
Point is my friend, when you know Jesus as your personal savior, He gives you this new song in your heart that can stay with you 24/7 if you are walking by His spirit within you. And not to be disrespectful here, but I encounter believers very often that it’s very difficult for me to hear this new life song being sung as I observe their lives. It would appear that they have allowed the cares and wealth of this world, to drowned out the song of the Lord within them.
Scripture says in Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
Dear friend, please join me in this declaration in song as we willfully choose to lift up the name of Jesus daily in our homes, our jobs, our churches, our nation & our world.