I love going to church. I look forward to singing familiar hymns, partaking in holy communion with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and enjoying the fellowship in our church hall downstairs after the service.
But one particular Sunday, at the onset of our service, our organist told the congregation that he had written a new song: lyrics and words, which were reproduced onto the screen for everyone to see.
The words and melody were very spiritual and uplifting, yet I found it hard to sing and follow. I do not read notes. If a black dot is higher than the other black dot, I know that I have to sing a little higher or vice versa.
Isn't it funny how we prefer and choose hymns that we are used to, and that we know the melody and words to, but as soon as a new hymn is introduced, we don't like it, and we shy away from even trying? Are we afraid of change, not only in learning a new song but in much needed changes within our churches?
Psalm 96:1 – Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! (NLT)
God is with us as we sing a new song unto Him. His promises are sure and forever.
Psalm 40:3 – He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. (NLT)
Psalm 149:1 – Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful. (NLT)
Prayer: Lord God, remove the fear that some of us will face as we go through changes within our individual churches. Help us to step out in faith and trust in Your guidance. By the stirring of Your Holy Spirit within us, may we sing a new song of forgiveness and love to all those around us. Amen.
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Listen while you read: "One Day" (Lyrics)