Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A New Song

My bible study this morning took me into Revelation....

They sang a new song before the throne...but no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.  Rev. 14:3

I'd like to share with you what I read...

"John "heard" the new song, but "no one could learn the song" except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.  The Greek word for "new" implies new in quality as opposed to number.  In other words, the song wasn't new like a new release.  The song of the 144,000 was "new" because it had an entirely different quality from anything they'd sung before.  In other words, it meant something to them no other song had ever meant.  Out of their unique experience, God gave them a song that only they could learn.

I'd like to suggest that each of us who is willing can also receive a new song from God that arises in our souls out of hardship's victories -- not necessarily in musical notes but in fresh truths engraved on the heart.  These are precious gifts that eventually come to those who keep the faith and wait to see God redeem great difficulty.  These songs can be "heard" by others, but they cannot be "learned" secondhand.  Songs of the heart are only learned through personal faith experience --through hurts, losses, and failures that have been handed over to Jesus to heal and transform.  And once we learn the songs, no one can take them from us."

I can relate to this...can you?
I have several songs that have taken on new meaning in my heart because of hardships I have been through...they have become "mine".

This is was especially good for me to read this morning as I have a family member going through a difficult time right now.  I am praying this morning that God will give them a new song as they hand the the situation and the hurt over to Him....the only One that can heal and transform.

The following song is one that came to my mind this morning as one that is now "mine".  
Do you have a new song?


Penny said...

There's a song that, right now, every time I listen to it, it brings tears of joy to my eyes -- Bethel Church's "Forever and a Day." Makes me think of this. =)

Karin said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I had not thought of the 'new song' in Rev. like that ever before. God has given me new songs and I love that imagery in your devotional.

Angie said...

Excellent devotional! How true that application is! Your song is going on my Ipod today; loved it.

One of "my songs" is "My Father's Song" by Matt Redmond. I went through a very difficult time and needed to know that my Father loved me just because He did, no other reason. Now at the end of my workouts I play that song and just stand quietly and "drink in" the truth of that song. My Father loves me. It's my song.

Thanks, Sara!

Jewel said...

Thanks for leading me to a new understanding of this passage. Don't know if you have heard the new song "Blessings" by Laura Story.. it's really become popular. That's it. :)

Cathy said...

Very interesting thoughts. Thanks for sharing them Sara. I've never thought of that scripture in that way either. Here's a song that in the last year became very dear to me while walking through some hard spots.

1. Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?
* Refrain:
Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.
2. Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?
3. Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?
4. Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?