Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
I’ve noticed something: music is very powerful.
Why? I think it’s because we can connect emotionally to music because of our experiences. We identify with what the song is saying. It becomes personal to us.
In Revelation 14, we read of the 144,000 who sing a song that no one can learn. Beth Moore says that the reason no one else could sing it is because no one else could know it. No one else had the experience, the emotions, the relationship with God that those 144,000 had. It was beyond their grasp, their understanding.
Isn’t it beautiful when songs are birthed out of our relationship with God?
Has that ever happened to you? A song that spoke to you, encouraged you, and helped you through a difficult time? It’s happened to me countless times.
I find myself frequently excited about music – and sometimes I find myself just as frequently frustrated with others for not sharing my excitement. But I’m starting to get it now.
I identify with the songs – the songs of hope, of deliverance, of love and of gratitude. But not everyone else does. Some people haven’t truly experienced God’s deliverance. So they can hear it, and they can even try to sing it, but it comes out flat. There’s no conviction. There’s no excitement. Because there’s no connection.
I see it in church all the time. We’ll sing a song and a handful of people sing loudly, strongly, arms raised – and the rest just stiffly stand there, barely mouthing the words. They don’t get it.
Why are so many Christians so quick to prefer secular music? They identify with it. Which is particularly disheartening. Shouldn’t Christians identify more with godly music? But they don’t get it.
They don’t get the joy of surrender.
They don’t get the hope of deliverance.
They don’t get the love of God.
They “know” it intellectually, but they don’t live it.
So they feel disconnected to godly music, to worship. They run from it.
Perhaps it challenges them, and it scares them.
Maybe it bores them; that’s even worse.
But they don’t understand it, so they’d rather just avoid it.
But I challenge you — ask God to reveal himself to you.
And when He does, sing unto Him a new song! He loves to hear His children sing.
In a word: passionate. About Jesus, church, ministry, music, reading, family, friends, and sometimes even iced skinny soy mochas.