Are you looking for a new song? A song of praise and worship? Is it time for something new that you can take to the worship team and eventually to the congregation? Let me pitch a song. No, it's not a song I wrote. It's Jesus Christ.
You might say, "you lost me", but stay with me for a moment.
David, the psalmist, said that "the Lord is my strength and my song" (Psalm 118:14) He found that God was not only his strength, but also his song. The significance is that God and God alone is exalted. What we pen and sing is not to be exalted.
Periodically, a songwriter is found to have greatly sinned. At that point, some can't bring themselves to sing what that person has penned. This is both sad and unnecessary. When Jesus Christ is who we fix our thoughts on, the truth of a song does not change because the composer failed. Some might say, "but when I sing that song, I think about how the songwriter fell." That is just the point. Worship is not about the songwriter, but about Almighty God. No matter what the song is or who wrote it, our attention must be on the one that is to be exalted.
Over the years, I've heard comments like, "I'm tired of that song" or "Can we learn a new song?" Don't get me wrong, writing and singing new songs is wonderful. God inspires us to express worship through beautiful melodies and through creative lyrics, but whether it is a new song or a song that is from many years ago, our eyes must be on Jesus Christ, our song!
The apostle Paul wrote, "he himself is our peace" (Ephesians 2:14) The writer of Hebrews says Jesus Christ is "the great shepherd" (Hebrews 13:20) and that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) Paul gushes when he says, "oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and unfathomable His ways!" (Romans 11:33) Peter wrote, "cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you? (1 Peter 5:7)
God has no equal. His love, patience, and outstretched arms are mind-boggling. He keeps this world from imploding even when, for the most part, humanity ignores him. He's not a tyrant. He's not like anything or anyone we know. Take all the best of humanity and together it is wretched compared to God, because of who he is. He is holy and just. His intimate knowledge of each and every human being that has ever lived is beyond our understanding. He was before all things and he made all things. He lacks no power or love.
He is our song. He is our new song. He is our continuing song. He is the song we sing each waking day. He is our song when we are sick and when we are healthy. Like Paul, we can "rejoice in the Lord always" because he is our "strength and our song". Hallelujah! We appreciate your Comments