SINGING A NEW SONG
“Sing to the Lord a new song”
I have been reading a daily Psalm for more years now than I remember. I recently came across a verse I have read numerous times, “Sing to the Lord a new song”. It’s an interesting thing how a short verse or phrase can speak to you at a certain moment. After all, I have read that verse numerous times. But as I sat in the early hours of the day that short verse impacted me and then more so as I meditated on it for days.
There are times in our lives when God would have us sing a new song. When our life, either by divine intervention or circumstances, has changed. Many times it’s by the loss of something – loss of a loved one, a marriage, a dream, or a job. Or just so much change at one time that life now seems to be different from what it was. Whatever it is, it now seems the old song you were living is changed and you are living a new song. Passages of life bring this on like when the nest is empty or the loss of a close loved one. These times make us feel like life itself has changed because we have lost our fellow singers and now the song will never be the same.
The old song made us feel comfortable, we enjoyed it, it helped define us. We felt safe singing it because we knew it so well. It wasn’t a perfect song, but when we look back we usually forget the parts of the old song that were troubled. It’s a funny human tendency that when looking back the grass was always greener than it really was. But now the old song is gone, it’s over, change has come and brought us a new song to sing. We may or may not have chosen this new song for our life. That really is beside the point, because it’s here waiting to be sung and the old song is gone. Use whatever term you wish for the loss of the old song and the new song’s arrival. Call it destiny, circumstances, grief, the will of God, whatever you may wish to call it the fact remains the new song is here before you to be sung.
But before we can sing this new song we have to learn it and embrace it as ours. That is often hard. One reason it’s hard is there is a part of us that is still looking back at the old song. There is a part of us that would rather sing the old song and not the new song. This is what grieving is. This is what change is. For me, I am here living in a new song, yet there are parts of the old song I just plain miss. I think it would surprise most who know me what they are. For instance, I miss my dogs terribly. Why could they not be a part of this new song? But the new song is different, sometimes very different than the old song you were singing.
There comes a time when you have to embrace the new song that God has given to you. This usually is a process. Yet it’s a choice we make to sing and sing heartily the new song. I have seen some while grieving afraid to make that choice because they think it will lessen the life they had with the one who has passed. This is not so. Missing or even grieving a part of your life that is past is fine as long as you don’t camp in the grief and refuse to start singing a new song. Remember that old song will still be a part of your life. The tunes will still be in your head to be heard and sung. The memories can still be cherished anytime you wish. The old song has made you who you were. The old song was and always will be a part of your journey. It is a part of you and therefore of your new song too.
But there comes a time when you need to sing the new song He has placed before you. He is the director and we are but the singers. He has placed a new song before us and asked us to sing. It will be a beautiful song, a good song, a song of life. We all need new songs to sing or life grows stale. Life is far too short if you have no new songs to sing. “Sing to the Lord a new song”