“And they sang a new song…” (Revelation 5:9)
Have you ever wondered why God gave us the miracle of music? We find a clue in the Old Testament book of Chronicles where David divided the Levite priests into courses of four thousand: “four thousand praised the Lord with musical instruments, ‘which I made,’ said David, ‘for giving praise’.” (1Chronicles 23:5)
There are times when we have a need to express the inexpressible. When we are infatuated with love we often give each other nicknames. I had an old girlfriend in California I forgot to tell my wife about when I married her in Virginia. I called that girl “Punky” and she called me “Hunky.” We had written letters to each other using those nicknames. One evening during the third month of our marriage when I came in from work my wife called me “Hunky darling!” How I wished I had burned those letters. We invent nicknames because we are trying to express the inexpressible.*
The greatest need we ever have to express the inexpressible is when we enter into the divine presence of Almighty God. In the last book of the Bible, we read that when a door opens into heaven we find every creature in heaven worshiping a Lamb on the throne of heaven. For that occasion they are given a new song because the need to express the inexpressible will be so very great. I can’t wait to hear what that new song will sound like!
For believers the purpose of music has been, will be, and is now to express inexpressible praise to God. Whether it is in a congregation with a choir, or a worship group leading a large congregation, or in your private prayer closet let music express the inexpressible for you.
Dick Woodward, 17 July 2011
*Editors Note: After 56 yrs of marriage (& counting), Dick still calls Ginny his “Angel Face” and she calls him her “Angel Pie.” (written on 17 July 2011) An addendum today, Papa & Mama kept calling each other Angel Face & Angel Pie until he went to glory… : )