Here is your e-votional for the week…

“O sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.
O sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.
O sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.
O sing to our God, o sing to our God.
For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.
For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.
For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.
Oh sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.”

Ok, so this is not Scripture. I understand that may not be what you were expecting.  This Friday I have offered you the first two verses of a familiar hymn, “O Sing to the Lord.”  This coming Sunday will be our final sermon from our series on music and the words of this hymn came to my mind.

I like the idea of singing God a “new song.” For me this implies a sort of forward mindedness which reminds us that our work as followers of Jesus is never finished. One of those works for which we are responsible is to make a “joyful noise” to the Lord. This certainly points toward singing and music.  The newness, or freshness, of our song is a part of that joyful noise.

Now I understand that we Presbyterians like our traditions.  We like to sing the songs we know, and the songs which connect us to the past.

Perhaps surprisingly, I am not going to recommend that we put these aside.  Rather I am going to offer this, that each time we come together in song during worship, it is, by its nature, something new. No two renditions ever sound the same. Our musicians will certainly play things a little differently, and our voices change over time, as does the composition of the congregation which is singing.  Every time we sing, we are singing a new song, something fresh and different.  And we are offering that new song to God.

I hope you have enjoyed these sermons this month, as well as the concerts between worship services.  But more than anything I hope this month has caused you to reflect on singing and music; I hope it has caused you to think about the role you play in making that “joyful noise” to God.  When we sing, God is our audience, and every time we sing, we offer a new song.

Prayer:  Holy God, thank you for the gift of music and the role it has played in our lives and in our faith.  We thank you for this gift and we ask that you would place the love of music in our hearts this weekend.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.