Some things just go together. For me it’s root beer and good pizza, Christmas and my mom’s sticky buns, and the Super Bowl and smokin’ hot chicken wings – I notice a bit of a food theme happening here!
I am sure you have your own list of things that just go together. One of the interesting “just go together” pairings in history is spiritual awakenings and new worship music. From the Reformation hymns to John & Charles Wesley’s revival songs to the Salvation Army’s converted bar tunes to the Jesus People’s rock, new music and spiritual awakenings have always gone hand in hand.
It reminds me of Psalm 33: 3-5:
Sing a new song to him.
Play it well and sing it loud!
The Lord’s word is true,
and he is faithful in everything he does.
He loves goodness and justice.
The Lord’s faithful love fills the earth.
When God stirs a fresh vision of Him and His incredible mission in the world, new anthems start flowing. Singing together allows us to express a shared message and mission enfolded in shared experience and passion. It reminds me of One Roof. You can’t compare theoretical unity with actually being together and experiencing that unity. You can’t compare giving silent mental assent to a mission to joining in with thousands to boldly declare through prayer our firm commitment. As we sing our hearts out together we speak directly to God. We express our worship and prayers with a passion and intentionality that is often not found in our individual prayer lives.
God has given us a new mission. We need new songs. We need to play them well and sing them loud. Why? Because God’s word to us is true. He is faithful in everything he will do. He is on a mission to transform lives. He is on the move to bring good to this world. He wants to fill the earth with his faithful love.
The Meeting House. New mission. Impassioned Worship. Spiritual Awakening. Transformation. Yes, some things just go together.