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Sing a New Song

Sing a New Song

I love serendipity! I don’t always stumble upon a good find that really speaks to me, but when I do, I enjoy it. Such was the case for me recently when I was searching for a little harmless distraction.

I was shocked to find out about an interesting friendship while checking out some worship music. Unknown to me, Bono, the lead singer of U2, became good friends with Pastor Eugene Peterson, the author of the Bible paraphrase “The Message,” years ago. The two connected over their shared faith and love of the Psalms. I watched a documentary of their friendship, and it was inspiring.

Both men found such depth of emotion and faith in the Psalms, and it was a joy to watch their conversation on that topic and others about God and faith. Bono talked about how reading the Psalms as an adolescent opened up the world of faith and made a relationship with God seem more tangible. His only complaint was they needed some music. Bono took care of that problem later in life once he became a musician.

One of my all-time favorite U2 songs is “40”, and in the midst of this wormhole, I realized the lyrics of the song were from Psalm 40. The lyrics are a pretty accurate version of David’s words:

I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He brought me up out of the pit
Out of the mire and clay

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song
How long, how long, how long
How long, to sing this song

He set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm
Many will see
Many will see and fear

I will sing, sing a new song
I will…

If you want to see a great version of this song, check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjtpplE39_g

U2 frequently closes their concerts with “40.” There is an expectant prayer to the music and U2’s version of these powerful words. We wait for the Lord…sometimes not too patiently. We wait for God to hear our cry for help. God takes us up from the quagmire of sin and shame and sets us our feet upon the rock and makes our footsteps firm. Our old song is over; it is time for a new song. It is one I will sing and sing and sing until the Lord comes to right every wrong and heal every wound.

Now is the season to think about our journey and where it all began for us. It began in the straw and dirt and mire of a stable in Bethlehem. We desire to know what Christmas is, and this week we will see just how shocking it was. I hope you can join us as we sing a new song.

Blessings to you,

Joe

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