He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Psalm 40:3
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:3-5
Songs have the ability to bring us to places. We hear a tune, and instantly we’re transported back to our childhood, high school years or an essential event of the past. Songs can bring us information. It’s why we know that Jenny’s phone number is 867-5309 and that the mode of transportation for that small town girl who was living in a lonely world was a midnight train.
Songs also have the ability to bring us to places where our hearts get exposed. When we’re down in the dumps, there are tunes that pick us back up. When we’re nervous or unsure of ourselves, we cling to lyrics that inspire us to reach new heights. When we find that special someone, a song defines that relationship. Anger, worry, love, laughter - all the emotions under the sun have a song describing them.
For many of us, music serves as an escape. There’s a place inside each of us where the rats dwell and fear resides. It may be subtle. It may be obvious. Or, you might have just become an expert at concealing and containing it. As soon as those thoughts and feelings creep to surface, we jump into the car or put on our headphones and turn the music up.
Regardless of the volume of the song those places don’t go away. And because these places of insecurity, fear, and restlessness still reside, we can’t be still. The stillness reminds us of restlessness. Anxiety makes us wonder but in the wrong direction. We wonder what’s wrong with me, what did I do, and we wonder if things can ever be different.
This gives way to all the other rodents to emerge and to begin to fill the space of our lives. We are full of fear and anxiety. It is what we use to compensate and convince other people that our kingdoms are in order and maybe even a little better than everyone else’s. There is no freedom in living this way. There is no fullness - only chaos, pain, anger, and insecurities.
How does God tell us to respond to this madness? Quite simply, He tells us to learn a new song. God invites us to be still, wonder and reflect on His love. Worship is a weapon that pushes the darkness back so we can see beyond our circumstances and the emotion of our current situation. Christ’s love puts a new song in our hearts.
Throughout the book of Psalm, we witness the writers pour out their hearts to God. In the midst of their pain, worry, anger, and anxiety, worship springs up to refocus their eyes and refuel their hearts. We don’t get filled with His love by working harder, promising more or trying to the best of our ability to earn it. We get filled by grasping not with our hands, but our hearts.
The way to be loved is to be still. We take in His love, so it takes over our hearts. Love doesn’t politely invite fear to leave. Through singing a better song, love comes in full force to drive it out. Resting in His love does so much more. It enables us to not view stillness as a potentially scary proposition, but rather an invitation to align our hearts with what it has been searching for all along.
Love always overflows in creative expression. What we are filled with dissipates what we are full of. His love for us empowers us to love and awakens us to see.
Where do you need to use worship as a weapon? What would worship be battling against in this situation?
God, allow a new song to arise in my heart. When I'm worried, I will worship. When I feel restless, I will rest. When I struggle, I will be still. May I trust in Your love and let this security guide my steps. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.