What’s My Song?

Psalm 96 ESV  

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;

    sing to the Lord, all the earth!

2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

    tell of his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations,

    his marvelous works among all the peoples!

4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

    he is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

    but the Lord made the heavens.

6 Splendor and majesty are before him;

    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

    bring an offering, and come into his courts!

9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[a]

    tremble before him, all the earth!

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!

    Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

    he will judge the peoples with equity.”

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

12 let the field exult, and everything in it!

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

13 before the Lord, for he comes,

    for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness,

    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

The Methodist Church began as a movement of people who not only lived and preached boldly but sang and sang often. They learned and were challenged through John Wesley’s preaching, but even more so through Charles Wesley’s hymns and songs. We Methodists have always been known for singing what we believed. It is the very reason why we still hold on to our beloved hymns with white knuckles, especially our favorite ones. There’s something to say about songs that teach us about both the simplicities and complexities of the Christian Faith and journey.

In my own life, I was your classic singing Methodist through my upbringing. Being raised in camp meetings every summer, our favorite part aside from watermelon, homemade ice cream, old friends and powerful preaching was singing the old songs of the faith. I can remember the thrill that ran through my blood when a favorite song was picked to sing. The look on my grandfather’s face when they would sing #41 from the song book, 

“In my heart there rings a melody, there rings a melody with heaven’s harmony, in my heart there rings a melody, there rings a melody of love.” 

For me it was when we the choir director would call out #5, 

“There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Emmanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.” 

For me, I would hear that song, reflect on my life and wish with all that I am to be plunged beneath the flood. I know my life and my struggles and I’m not looking for spot clean. I need to lose all my guilty stains and that’s what that flood of love can do. 

We need to see today that when we sing, God puts more than a song in our mouths, He puts salvation in our hearts. The Holy Spirit speaks loudly through music. But there are so many out there who need salvation, and many of us here today who need a continued growth in our salvation—something we as Methodists call “sanctification”.  

Listen to the Psalmist, who says in today’s text, 

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;

    sing to the Lord, all the earth!

2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

    tell of his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations,

    his marvelous works among all the peoples!

This is a perfect example of the song that should be in our hearts. The salvation of our souls gives us a new song to sing. No more of that same old song that represents the brokenness in our lives. No more of that sinful tune that holds us back from realizing the love of the Father. It is time for a new song, a new tune; time for a new melody to carry us through it all. 

Hear this, that being able to sing such a song means that you have welcomed the love of God into your heart, that you have surrendered your will to His—a will that can and will make you whole. It is the will of God that you would be whole, saved, and come to love Him the way He loves you. That kind of deep, abiding love is the real and actual kind of love that we can have for God. 

And I know that there are those out there today who aspire to sing such a song, to have such a tune in their hearts. The encouragement I give you today is to take on the song of the Scriptures, take on the tune of the saints around you. As John Wesley found himself failing in both his ministry and his own faith, a friend told him to preach faith until he had it and when he had it to preach faith. And I tell you today, to sing of the salvation of the Lord until you receive it and when you receive it sing of the salvation of the Lord! God sees your yearning and He will incline and hear your cry. 

It is safe to say that God is building a great chorus of saints who will sing His song of salvation and tell the world of His good deeds. And for any who can’t carry a tune except for in the shower, know that the song of salvation has little to do with pitch and range. The only thing required to sing in the heavenly choir is a willing and humble heart. This must be our prayer today, that we will be humbled so that God can lift us up to sing a new song, a song for our salvation and for the salvation of the world.   

Take on this tune, sing this song, and may God be praised. Amen.  

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