The LORD Has Given Me A New Song!

The LORD Has Given Me A New Song!

The Bible mentions music and singing hundreds of times.  After all, music is a gift to us from God, and when we participate in it, whether by writing, performing, or even just listening, we are giving that special gift back to God as a way of thanking and praising Him!

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"Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works."
Psalm 105:2

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
Ephesians 5:19 

"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."
Psalm 95:1

As far back as I can remember music has always been a part of my life.

Not as a musician or as a singer, well at least not as a professional singer! 

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!"
Psalm 100:1

I didn't grow up in a Christian home, therefore I was not privileged at an early age to hear the sweet melodious words of, "Amazing Grace" or the strong powerful lyrics of, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God".

No, in fact it was quite the opposite for me.  

I was raised on listening to Gladys Knight and the Pips telling me to hitch a ride on the, "Midnight Train to Georgia"!  Aerosmith suggesting that I, "Dream On"!  Kansas telling me that we're all just "Dust in the Wind"!

This was the ONLY music I knew, and even back in the day, it was my "go to".  I would sit on my bedroom floor listening to "my music" for hours on end.

My Dad was always so proud of me because as a three-year old I was the one who provided the entertainment at our family reunions!

Someone would put Chubby Checker's record, "The Twist", on the record player, and that's exactly what I would begin to do!  Back in the day, I could "cut a rug" by doing the twist!

Then one day things changed in a VERY BIG WAY!!

I can still remember walking into a church at the age of twenty-six and hearing all these people singing songs which I had NEVER EVER heard!

"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms", "Be Thou My Vision", "I Love to Tell the Story", "There Is a Fountain" (which now has become one of my most favorite hymns!)

I remember being struck by the fact that these people not only knew these songs, but they really seemed to ENJOY singing them!

Church Congregation Singing and Holding Hymnals

The songs appeared to have GREAT meaning to these people!

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"My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed."
Psalm 71:23

Two months after entering that church for the first time, I came to know Christ as my personal Saviour! 

Then I, too, knew EXACTLY what those people were experiencing as they were singing praises unto the Lord!

The Lord truly gave to me a new song!  

"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD."
Psalm 40:3

Music is SO very powerful!

Either for good or for evil.

I've lived "in" both sides of music.

I'm thankful to be living "in the good side" of music.  However, I most definitely had my share of the evil side of music.

In my late teens and early twenties before I knew Christ as my personal Saviour, of course I listened to music purely for the enjoyment and the entertainment which it provided.

Now, since I know Christ as my Saviour, I listen to music which will bring honor and glory to my Saviour.

I listen to certain songs which give incredible amounts of joy, peace, and comfort and remind me that I'm a daughter of The King!

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Before I knew Christ, I had no idea, and if I did, I didn't care that "my music" talked of Hell like a fun party place to be.  That the lyrics took my Saviour's name in vain.  That the songs talked about all the pleasures of sin a day could bring forth.  

Oh, how thankful I am that the Lord truly gave to me a new song!

There are days due to my chronic illness when my vision is very blurry and obscured which makes reading my Bible very difficult.  Or my head may be pounding so severely that I can't focus to read God's Word or barely pray.

On days like I mentioned above, all I can do is lay in my bed and listen to music. 

It's amazing the calming and, oh, so, peaceful effect GODLY MUSIC can have upon the body.

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"And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”
I Samuel 16:23

Recently a very good friend of mine shared with me a new song which has become one of my favorite "go to songs", and I'd like to share it with all of you.

The songwriter penned this song after struggling through the pain, despair and loss of experiencing a miscarriage.

She said it was important to her that the song was not just limited to only her story.  She wanted others to put their own lives into the song.   

This song is her letter to God.  As she asks some really hard questions, she still holds onto the truth that there is so much to the story of her life that she can't see, but she still chooses to trust the Lord.

I "go to" this song not only for comfort, but also to hear the TRUTH which the Lord wants me to hear.

I listen to this song when I just can't do this chronic illness "thing" one more day, one more hour, one more minute, one more second.

I turn this song on and allow the words to fill my heart, soul and mind when the loneliness and isolation that tags along with chronic illness is threatening to overtake me.

I sing the words to this song when I'm crying out to the Lord a thousand "whys" and "what ifs".

I don't personally know what you are facing in your life.

It may be a chronic illness.

A wayward child.

Financial problems.

Marital difficulties.

Depression.

Loss of a job.

The list is endless.

Please listen to this song with an open heart and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your spirit.

It's been a tremendous help to me on those very difficult days and maybe, just maybe, it will do the same for you.

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May God Bless You,

Barb

14 Comments

  • Will henning

    November 16, 2016 at 10:24 am Reply

    Amen. i often use music to improve my thoughts. I will lift me up and redirect me. Of course, as you said, it needs to be the correct music. Thanks

    Be blessed and may God sustain you.

    • Barb

      November 16, 2016 at 11:26 am Reply

      Will, I just had a feeling that you could relate to the power of music, in fact I think I remember you writing about it or at least mentioning it in a post? If I'm totally off base about you writing about it, then just ignore that part of this comment!!
      I LOVE MUSIC. Like I said, it's my "go to" on the hard days and even on the "decent" days when I don't want to sit in the quiet.
      God bless you my friend!

      • Will henning

        November 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply

        You're correct. I have written about it. I think at least one post was "what's in your toolbox". I've probably mentioned it a few times.

        On the lighter side, the down side of including music in my posts is that the search often results in finding songs that I don't have and feel the need to purchase. My daughter refers to its as "bankruptcy one song at a time". While our whole family enjoys music, she and I have an affection for it "on steroids"

        Thank you for posting in spite of your symptoms flaring. You are a blessing.

  • Kelly Kulas

    November 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm Reply

    Oh Barb when I heard this song a few months ago it played over and over in my mind. Some times it gets so hard. I love "Where words fail music speeks". I love music and it is a Hugh comfort to me. Thank you so much Barb. You really helped me on a really hard week.

    • Barb

      November 16, 2016 at 7:54 pm Reply

      Oh my dear sweet friend, Kelly. You have just blessed me beyond words with your comment. It has been a really rough day for me, but when I read your comment, it made the day so much brighter!! YES, sometimes, it does get SO VERY HARD and like you, music is HUGE to me and it can speak to me like nothing else can. I am so very thankful that the Lord used this post to be a help and a comfort to you. Thank you, once again, for blessing me and encouraging me with your words. I love you and I am praying for you my dear friend.

  • Pamela Rose Williams

    November 16, 2016 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Lovely, lovely post. That song is one that I find myself singing often. Thank you for putting it in my heart again today. Well done Sis.

    • Barb

      November 16, 2016 at 9:55 pm Reply

      Thank you so very much my Sister for your words of encouragement, it means more to me than I can put into words. God bless you my Sis and friend ♡♡♡

  • Barb

    November 17, 2016 at 12:14 am Reply

    Oh, Will, I definitely understand what you mean about searching for songs to post and coming across songs that you've never heard and wanting to purchase them. I love how your daughter referred to it as, "bankruptcy one song at a time" ...LOL! I, too, would be known as one who loves my music so much as to have an affection for it "on steroids" and I normally play it like I am "on steroids"!!! LOL!!!

    And as far as posting while my symptoms are flaring ... well, it really helps me to get my mind off the symptoms ... kind of, sort of!!

    God Bless!!!

  • Linda

    November 20, 2016 at 3:30 am Reply

    Barb, I am always amazed at how many times music is spoken of throughout scripture - from the first mention in Genesis 4 right through to Revelation! Music - the God inspired kind - truly does minister to us, especially in the hard times. There is "life" in Christian music - quite a contrast from the music out in the world. I love praise and worship, to soak in music that glorifies Jesus! Wish I could play an instrument or sing well - but I know that He doesn't mind my sometimes being off-key! An uplifting post,, Barb - thank you for your words and the music clip. Sending hugs across the seas.

    • Barb

      November 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm Reply

      Linda, it is so amazing, just like you said, how music is mentioned from Genesis right through to Revelation!
      Music has gotten me through some very difficult days.
      And you know, I think the Lord loves to hear us, those who sing a bit off key, just as much, maybe even better, than those who sing every note pitch perfect! It's ALL a matter of the heart that the Lord is looking at, not at how well it sounds, and for that I say, Thank You, Lord!
      Once again, your comments have brighten my day!
      Love you and greatly appreciate you my dear friend and sending you loads of hugs ♡♡♡

  • Linda+vdM

    November 24, 2016 at 3:04 am Reply

    Barb, I love how singing praise and worship songs help me to disappear into Him. I haven't heard this song before, but how opportune to hear it today.
    God keeps telling me to 'forget self', to serve His plan for me. I have to admit I am not yet in love with His plan but He said He will change me. I'm so looking forward to that lol.
    Thank you for your beautifully encouraging posts.
    Love you, Linda.

    • Barb

      November 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply

      Linda, my sweet friend. I love your honesty because i, too, can relate that I'm not in love with God's plan for my live as well but when we both arrive at that place of peace and contentment, we can rejoice together!
      I'm so thankful that the song was a blessing to you. Like I said, it truly is one of my go to songs.
      Thank you so very much for your words of encouragement.
      I love you so very much my precious friend.

  • Jennie Verrilli

    December 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm Reply

    Dear Barb:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful song. I am sorry that you are not well. I will pray for you.

    Thank God I am on your e-mail list.

    Take care and God Bless
    Jenny

    • Barb

      December 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm Reply

      Jennie,
      Oh, yes, I remember you commenting on previous posts and I have prayed for you on numerous ocassions. I will pray along with you that this latest surgery will take care of the problem once and for all.
      I'm so thankful that the song was a blessing to you. It really is one of my favorites and the Lord uses it to speak to my heart every time I hear it.
      I'm thankful, as well, that you are on my email list!
      God Bless You, Jennie♡♡♡

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