“Sing to the Lord a new song.” [Psalm 96:1]
“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” [Psalm 40:3]
Do you know your heart song? Do you know the song that God has placed in your soul? I believe God places within each of us a unique song that was written for our souls. When we sing the song God has placed within our spirits we discover a joy that the world cannot give, and the world cannot take away. As a child, I used to wonder why I would often hear my Grandma Gladys humming, she seemed to be humming all the time, especially when she was doing something or had something on her mind. I know now that she was humming her heart’s song. The song not only brought joy, but it strengthened her in the midst of the storms of life.
Life is a song worth singing even when the sun is not shining. The song in your heart celebrates God for who God is and what God has done and will do. This is the “new song.” Is it any wonder that Mary’s heart burst forth in song: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant”? Is it any wonder that songs from the soul were a major driving force in the Civil Rights Movement?
There is power in the music of the soul, when you know you’ve been redeemed, when you know you have been set free, when you know you’ve been made whole. What other response can there be but to sing to the Lord a new song of praise? My wife, Priscilla, would often say to me, “Honey, stick to preaching and not singing.” I can’t “carry a tune in a bucket” as they say. But friends, when the Lord makes a way out of no way, my heart and my soul can’t help but sing. What is the new song God has placed in your heart, and when was the last time you sang it?
Maybe if we sing the Lord’s song loud enough in a world that is so divided, so polarized, there will be peace in the valley. Maybe if we sing the Lord’s song, “justice will fall down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” [Amos 5:4] Maybe if we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ with a new song, “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and we will see the salvation of the Lord.” [Luke 3:5-6] I think we’ve sung off the world’s sheet music for too long. It’s time to sing the Lord’s song.
It is my prayer that in this season of Advent, we will discover our heart’s song, the song God has placed in our souls. Once we’ve discovered it, may we break forth with Mary singing, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” [Luke 1:46]
Come, Lord Jesus. Put a new song, your song, in our hearts, minds, and souls.
I hope my heart never forgets to sing the
Lord’s song, it is the joy with faithful ring
I hope my soul always finds delight in music
of redemption dancing in the light of Jesus Christ.
I hear the echoes of a sweet song’s power with
healing in its melody. I pray we meet the flower
of agape in the rhythm of “The Lord of the dance”.
In the hum of Advent hope we discover new chance.
By Leonard Fairley
Magnify the Lord,
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