What’s your favorite hymn, friend? As soon as you read that question, your mind certainly filled with the melody of the classic song you sang in church for years. While those songs remind us of our past and God’s faithfulness throughout, are older songs the only ones we should sing today? Or should we sing a new song? Kevin Groves of Hope in the Morning shares some insight on today’s blog.
SINGING THE SAME OLD SONG
I’m a creature of habit and maybe some of you are too. I usually drive to the church building using the same route. I eat at a lot of the same restaurants and when I go to them, I usually order the same thing I got last time… well, why not? I obviously liked what I got last time!
Familiarity in our lives brings a great deal of comfort. Home is home because, among other reasons, it’s the place most familiar to us.
Having said this, there are times in our walk with God where we find ourselves at a crossroads, and the path ahead may be less than ‘familiar’. Facing a new opportunity in life, a new challenge, a new problem, a new job, a new fear?
TIME TO SING A NEW SONG
Our old faith (like the old song in the passage) was great, and got us this far, but sometimes a fresh faith perspective is good when heading further up the mountain of life with the Lord.
In this passage, the old song, as good as it was, wouldn’t do. The psalmist is inspired by God to offer a new song of praise inspired by recent victories of faith. And not only that, on a harp of ten strings. (Maybe the previous harp had fewer strings?) The point is that it was time to worship God with new words, with a new song.
A NEW SONG FOR A GROWING FAITH
As our walk with God grows, our view of Him is magnified. The closer we get to God, the bigger He gets, and the smaller we get. And that new and amazing and magnified view of God sometimes requires fresh words for a fresh faith, and greater worship for a God who is bigger to us now because we’re closer to Him than ever before.
I’ll never forget the amazing song ‘Jesus Loves Me’ I learned as a kid. What a true song. And how could I forget ‘How Great Thou Art’ that I sang in a group in my twenties. And today, having seen many more years of challenges and trials, more recent songs like ‘Jesus Messiah’ and ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’ ring fresh and true.
Always keep the old song close, and sing it to remember where your faith began, and every once in a while, sing a new song to the Lord and realize how far He has grown your faith through the highs and lows of life in Him. ‘
WHAT’S YOUR SONG?
What Hope Radio Southern Gospel songs and other new songs have impacted you as you grow in your faith? Tell us in the comments!