This post is the ninth post in a series on the core values of worship ministry. These core values were selected by David Loftis, worship pastor at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, NC. These posts are taken from a series of devotions he asked me to write to accompany a training series he did on these core values. Click here to read the entire series.
Don’t you love new stuff? New clothes, new places, that new car smell? Our God is a God who loves new things. In the first five verses of His Word, He created a system that would bring a new day every 24 hours. Jeremiah reminds us that His mercies are new every morning. Along with the days, he created seasons where much of the creation dies away in the fall and winter only to be born anew in the spring. And at the end of it all, He will create a new heaven and a new earth as He says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)
In contrast to this aspect of God’s nature, we often like to settle in where we are comfortable for as long as we can. If things are going well for us, we try to stay still and enjoy it instead of pressing forward to a new adventure. We all have our favorite songs and musical styles that cause us to remember past encounters with God and cause those memories to come flooding into the present. And we think, “Why do we have to learn new songs when the old ones are so wonderful?”
It is not wrong to sing the old songs and the new songs don’t replace them. God doesn’t need to encourage us to sing the old songs because we naturally are inclined to do that. But God is still actively moving in our lives and new songs are appropriate for new manifestations of His grace. As long as God is gracious toward us, as long as he keeps showing us his power, and wowing us with his works, it is fitting that we not just sing old songs inspired by his past grace, but also that we sing new songs about his ever-streaming, never-ceasing grace.
In Revelation 15:3, we’re told that “those who had conquered the beast” sing “the song of Moses,” which is an old song, but they also sing “the song of the Lamb,” a new song. Forever, God will continue to “show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7), and as he does — for his glory and for our joy — we will keep singing new songs. (David Mathis, “desiringGod.org”)