Daily D – Psalm 98:1
Psalm 98:1 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
Ken Medema is a musician who is almost completely blind. He started playing piano when he was five years old. He began training in classical music when he was eight years old. Then he started improvising. He worked as a musical therapist in a hospital after graduating from college. He wrote songs about some teenagers he met there who were having a hard time. They loved them.
In the fall of 1981, Ken provided worship music and improvisational art at a conference for college students I attended. Calvin Miller was the speaker. His books The Singer, The Song, and The Finale quickly became some of my favorites.
Miller preached a message from Isaiah 6:1-8 I can still hear and see so picturesque was his proclamation. He also preached about Jesus’ restoring Peter and redirecting him, again, from fish to sheep.
Medema responded to these messages with songs he improvised on the spot. He sang about the Jesus and Peter Training Company for the Feeding of the Sheep. For a young man planning a career in pastoral ministry and who loves words and combining their denotation with connotation to connect hearts and minds with truth that sticks, these were holy moments.
What if you could tell a story like Calvin Miller? What if you could improvise songs like Ken Medema? What if you could create a song a day based on how you experienced God, how you saw him at work around you? What if your day ended with a new song as you prepared to begin your next with rest and dreams filled with wonder and glory?
What would your catalog contain? Would there be more praise and thanksgiving, or more blues and woe? What would your songs teach? How would your songs celebrate? How would your gospel soul evoke hope even through minor keys?
You are not Ken Medema. You are not Calvin Miller. Even so, you can write down a day’s worth of gratitude in a notebook. You can tell a simple story of how God showed up when you were beginning to think you were all alone. You can raise an Ebenezer declaring how much progress God led you to on this day.
It’s Sunday morning as I write these words. I’m a little under the weather. We may not make it into the church building today. COVID blessed us with enriched opportunities to worship at home with our church family. Even if our worship leader Ray doesn’t have a new song for us today, our Father in heaven does. I will sing the songs Ray leads us through, and I will sing the songs our Father in heaven leads me to.
I will sing to the Lord a new song.
Our Father, thank you for the gifts of singing and musical expression. I will use other people’s talents in creating songs of praise and worship to express my love to you. I will also sing songs of my own creation no one else will ever know. They are for you and you alone. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.