I opened my Bible app one day while traveling (one of the beautiful things about technology – a Bible, concordance, and study notes all on the same small, hand-held device as my phone, camera, map, computer, to-do-list, music library…. you get the idea).
As I opened the app, the Bible Verse of the Day popped up. I’m not sure who decides what the Verse of the Day is, and I have no idea what Bible version was selected, but this is what it said:
“Sing new songs to the Lord. Play loudly on a grand piano!”
I loved this! I think I actually laughed out loud. Sing new songs? Check! Play loudly on a grand piano? Check! There are many commands in Scripture that I miss or just don’t do well. But this one – yeah, I’ve got this one.
I especially appreciate this verse because, for most of my life, there seemed to be a battle over which music is the better choice for the Body of Christ: new songs or the older music of our Christian heritage. This particular verse (in whatever version you prefer) validated my gift of songwriting. If God says to sing new songs, I will write new songs for us to sing!
Below are a few of my favorite new pieces that I’ve worked on recently. Maybe you’ll enjoy singing these new songs!
Surely He Has Borne Our Sorrows
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
I Shall Not Want
Christmas Dreams (Cantata)