Do you remember the group Hanson? Their song “Mmmm Bop” was popular in the late 90s.
The lyrics weren’t especially compelling but pretty much everyone I know was humming the song. Why? Because it was so catchy. It’s funny isn’t it, the way a tune can get stuck in our heads.
THE GIFT OF SONG
But sometimes we get a song stuck in our heads and we really — REALLY — wish it would go away. Right? So we try listening to other music or distracting ourselves to get the words and tune replaced with something else.
We want a new song.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and they will trust in the Lord. — Psalm 40:3 CSB
But what about when it’s not a catchy tune that needs to be replaced? What happens when the song isn’t from the radio but it is a refrain from the enemy, speaking lies into our hearts and minds?
We need a new song — that hymn of praise to the Lord.
But did you notice something? It’s God who gives us the new song. We can’t just reprogram ourselves … we have to come to Him as ask for the renewal. And when we do, everything changes.
When we have the new song of truth and hope and praise, it’s obvious. It’s noticeable to those with whom we come into contact. In fact, the Psalmist says this new song does three things for others:
They see. When we sing the new song, the story of our redemption is obvious. We’ve moved from death to life in Christ and others can see the change.
They fear. Our new song doesn’t just reveal our salvation, it also magnifies God’s sovereignty. As we live out the story He is writing in our lives, His authority and power is revealed. And when God’s sovereignty is on display, people will be in awe. And their reverence for His authority will move them to action.
Finally, they trust. Not only will others see God’s redemptive work in us and be humbled by His sovereignty and power, the truth in the song He gives will draw them to Him.
May the song of our lives speak of God’s love for the world.
What is the song of your life these days? Is it a hymn of praise or a dirge of remorse?
Father, there are days when the song on repeat has nothing to do with truth. We know it. But we don’t want to keep playing our songs of regret, bitterness, and lament. We want the new song, the hymn of praise. We want our life song to draw others to repentance and wholeness. And we want to walk in those truths for ourselves. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We can’t really talk about a new song without also talking about songs, right? I put together a Spotify playlist with some of the songs that are inspiring me right now. Songs that remind me who God is, what He’s done, and how much I need Him. Maybe it will encourage you as well.
MY “NEW SONG” PLAYLIST on Spotify
Let’s join together and sing a new song … pointing the people around us to the Lord who has saved us, shaped us, and sanctified us!
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