When was the last time your church sang a new song? Over the past several years, there has been some great discussion about the music sung in church. Some people enjoy new music and others despise learning a new song.
I will admit that some of the new songs are hard to sing. The trend in music is written in a higher key, making it more difficult for people with low voices to sing. Frequently, the music isn’t written in a four part harmony like the old hymns, so everyone has to sing the melody or not sing at all.
Then too, the new music is usually sung or played louder than the old songs, making it more difficult to understand the lyrics. The drum seems to be louder than the singing. They even put the drum behind screens, either to block the sound, or keep broken drum stick from flying into the congregation. I am not sure which.
The Psalmist frequently refer a new song. Psalm 33:3, Psalm 40:3, Psalm 96:1, Psalm 98:1, Psalm 144:9 and Psalm 149:1. When the Psalmist talks about a new song, he indicates that the songs are sung to God, not necessarily to other people. Songs are not written to impress people but rather to sing praise to God.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy. Psalm 33:1-3(NIV)
Some of us Christians are good at ‘harping’. Every time things don’t go our way in church we ‘harp’. Every time we experience pain we ‘harp’. When the government doesn’t do what we think it should do we ‘harp’. This ‘harping’ is not a new song but is the same type of ‘harping’ that the Israelites did many years ago when they were in the wilderness. This harping is usually not done to God but rather is done to others or to the unbeliever. Seldom does it bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
But for true believers in Christ, the ones with the Father’s name written on their forehead; if we don’t like new songs, we will be miserable when we get to heaven.
This is what John said in the book of Revelation.
Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. 5 No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. Revelation 14:2-5(NIV)
So, what about your church music? When you sing, are you proclaiming what God is doing or are you just reliving the past, singing the same old songs?
The Bible tells about a new heaven and a new earth.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:1-5(NIV)
Are you prepared to sing a new song?
NOTE: All scriptures quoted in the blog were taken from http://www.biblegateway.com November 18, 2013.