Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
Stumbling out of bed, I find my feet on autopilot heading toward the coffee maker. It is 5:00 am and what is normally a pitch black landscape is lit up by a full moon. The pines cast their long moon shadows, winter aspens lift their branches in silhouette and the ground covered in snow catches the moonlight and lifts it back up again! Cup in hand, I can’t help but stand at the window mesmerized, drawn into the beauty of this quiet morning worship.
It looks like all of creation is standing at attention as the moon sings over it with light!
All of a sudden, I become aware of a gift being offered me, a stirring in my heart that feels like hope! I wish I could press “pause” on this moment and soak it up for hours but instead, as best I can, I join the worship and let God’s light sing over me! “In this new day, Lord, help me to catch Your light and lift it back up again. Help me to sing you a new song.”
I wake up every New Years morning with great hope and energy for new things! The day seems marked with fresh opportunities, brand new chances to be new, think new, do new! NEW! And, somewhere embedded in all the notions of new is hope, waiting to be unearthed. For most of us, each year is made up of the best and worst, the good and the bad, the life-giving and the life-depleting experiences. We’ve probably made many stellar choices and some, not so good. By years end, our hopes have likely been tossed about and may be lying on the floor bruised and unconscious.
And, there they might stay, if it wasn’t for our God who breathes out stars and makes new days with moonlight and songs!
Have your songs become old and drained of hope? Look up from your life to God! He is faithful in all He does, His word is true, and His love, unfailing! He is the One who was and is and always will be — In Him all things are made new! As I sit writing these words, the sun is lifting its light on the eastern horizon even as the moonlight lingers in the west, perfectly choreographed — as if they do it every day! And, I stand in between, a happy witness to Light unearthing new hope and filling my heart with a new songs!
“Thank you for this morning, Lord, for the moonlight and quiet worship that help me find Your face. In this new day, Father, help me to catch Your light and lift it back up again. Amen.”
What about you?
What might your new song be this year?
Do you have some worn out hopes that you need God to resuscitate?
Do you know that God’s love is unfailing and His heart always faithful?