Sing a New Song

As we go through the motions of this song on repeat in our head, it loses its appeal or affect after a while. Well, lets pretend you painted a cute, little birdhouse and placed it in your yard to admire and a pretty birdie takes up residence. She comes out every morning, sits on her perch and sings her familiar song in the morning light. Every morning…Like clockwork, she goes through the motions of what she is created to do. Nothing wrong with that I suppose, but when you walk outside you hear her birdie songs, but don’t necessarily stop to enjoy them. You’ve heard them before. It’s lost its appeal and seems to have little affect on your day.

Now, think about this…

What if you came outside one day and that pretty birdie wasn’t on her perch. She was standing on the roof of her house with a new song. A glorious song that sounded nothing like the other songs she has ever sang before! I am sure you would take notice, right? She’s in a different place and she has a different song! Isaiah 42:10 says, “Sing a new song unto the Lord…” There are several other places in Psalms that say the same thing, but in Isaiah it has a profound appeal. You see, in previous chapters we read of Israel going through the motions with outward rituals, but their hearts were far from God and couldn’t understand why their prayers were not answered. In Chapter 42, we see the Messiah and because of His work, we will sing a new song! All will praise Him to the ends of the earth!

Now, I pose this question to myself and believers in the finished work of Calvary…why aren’t we singing a new song because of the work He has done in us? Why are we going through the motions? No one is going to pay attention to Jesus if we mumble the same song under our breath with no appeal. We must be willing to jump from the perch of our homes to rooftops and sing a new song that gets the attention of those around us…that makes them see Jesus and stop to take notice. We can’t be afraid of what someone may say when our song doesn’t sound the same, but we must sing louder and prouder for what He is doing in our life! Your song may be what someone needs to have a fresh encounter with the King of Kings!

Just because God is constant, doesn’t mean He is stagnant. He is a God of new beginnings, so start this week with a NEW song and watch Him do something NEW for you!

Preserved

My reading tonight put me in Psalm 16. I honestly couldn’t get past the first verse.

“Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.”

“Preserve” just jumped out at me…so I went to the dictionary. I know what it means to preserve something, but i wanted to see what Webster said. Here’s what I found:

 to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction; protect

: to keep alive, intact, or free from decay

: to keep or save from decomposition

: prepare for future use

:to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

I don’t know about you, but as I read those words off my phone screen I couldn’t help but say, “That’s God!

Because of the empty tomb that we just celebrated a few days ago, I am safe from harm. I will be kept from decay. The best part…I am being prepared for future use! If you want to say I am “pickled” or “preserved” for the Lord’s special use…I would say that’s a good way to put it! As a child of God, you have a purpose and a plan…here and now AND into eternity!

When we trust the Lord and walk in faith, He is faithful to preserve us. We can be like David and sing that our refuge is in Him. When you have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, you are preserved, kept, saved and prepared for the Kingdom!

Rest on the pantry shelf that is the peace of God and know that you’re kept, my friend. You are safe when you have been preserved by the Master. Take hold of the truth of Psalm 16:1 tonight and rest easy.