Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Daily Light - March 8, 2011

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"Sing to the Lord a new song."
Psalm 149:1

Most of us enjoy simple yet profound things like reading and listening to music. If you are one of those people, you will most definitely understand what I am about to say. If you are a reader, have you ever spent the day walking through the library or a book store? As you do, you see literally hundreds of books that you would love to read. You pick them up one at a time and read the jacket cover. The contents of the book are like a mystery waiting to be solved, and you just have to read it. However, no sooner than when you put it down you find another book that seems just as if not more exciting. You leave almost feeling discouraged, because there are so many books to read and you know you don't have the time to read them all.
If you are a lover of music, you have gone through a very similar experience. You stand with it seems like millions of CDs in front of you all wanting to be heard. Of course, in this day of technology they are all at your finger tips online. Every one of your favorite artists has a new album out and they are all screaming to be heard. You haven't even finished listening completely to the last new one that you purchased and an ad for the new one is flashing on the screen. Who has time to listen to them all and soak them in? There are so many new songs and new books that we will never begin to comprehend it all.
I thought of these things when I read this verse. What does the psalmist mean by another "new" song? This "new" song is not like those of your favorite singer or the book from some new author. No, this song is much different. When you come into a relationship with God, there is a song that plays in your heart that is so new and thrilling, and yet it is strange because the words and the tune sound so familiar. It is a song that seems to have been planted in your heart long ago, but only now is that song making its debut. The words of truth that seemed to be contrary to your spirit are now so refreshing and enlightening. The tune that once seemed to be a bunch of jumbled notes is now a melody of grace in your heart. The melody of God's love plays over and over again, and it flows from the instrument of God's Spirit now planted in your soul.
The beauty of this song is that it can be sung in so many ways; it is not restricted to an exercise of the vocal chords. It is too great a song to be contained in one medium. The author and poet sing this song with their pen. The laborer expresses this praise in how he does his job. The mother nurtures the music from her soul to a little child. The child sings through their genuineness of faith. If you listen closely, you can even hear the deaf and mute believer sing more beautifully than could ever be imagined. How do all of these sing this song? They sing from what God has done in their heart. This music was composed by God Himself before the foundation of the world. This is a symphony of praise, a melody of love, and it is conducted by the Author and Finisher of our faith. We are privileged to be instruments in the orchestra of God. He has carefully crafted every note and every score so that when we play His children and this world clearly hear the song of redemption and grace. As He waves His hand, we simply play the tune that is in our hearts.
May you sing the song of your heart today!

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