Merry Monday by Parris Bailey-Catch the Song Again!

” I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. ” Ps. 40

It’s late Sunday night and we have just finished doing eight meetings of Summer Saturation. What a week it has been. During the day, we did Extreme Camp for the youth and the Marysong girls. Tonight we baptized 31 people and all of the Marysong girls decided to get baptized, even the directors! God only knows the life change that is taking place in each and everyone of those individuals. Their lives are hid in Christ.
Friday night we had Kelanie Gloeckner lead worship and she gave a word to our church. She said our church is about the new song (Psalm 40) and she saw a large mouth singing, in that singing there would be freedom and creativity. Immediately, I was reminded of a vision I received years ago during revival at our church. I saw a large mouth opened wide over the arch on our building. It was the mouth of God and He was singing. He was asking me if I would allow him to sing a new song over our church. I was hesitating because I had already gotten the feeling that this new song wouldn’t be a nice walk in the park, that it would bring changes to our staff and to our congregation. Life as I knew it would change. I remember saying that I was willing and you guessed it, our church went through a major staff change and many, many people left with the old staff. But in those changes we were able to move our church “back to their first love” and let freedom flow.
About that time, My husband and I decided to move from quiet “white suburbia” back into New Orleans. We felt we needed to feel the heartbeat of the city and to try and understand this crazy city more by moving and living right smack off of Claiborne Ave. The date was Sept of 2003. The new song that Pslam 40 talks about needed to be sung over the Bailey’s too, even our new address was 40!
Almost two years to the date, Katrina came and brought it’s nasty water’s into our home, neighborhood and area. Two weeks later, I was able to ride a boat to my house! In the years that followed, I think all of us will remember the heartache but yet the joy of seeing Victory Fellowship helping others out of their chaos.
What is the new song? I am glad you asked. It’s the song God desires to sing over us. He brings us up out of the miry clay and put’s a new song, the song from heaven, in our mouths. In Katrina, we had a choice to sing His song, or join in with the choir of injustice and disappointment. Oh, it’s easy to tell the new song, because it’s full of life while the song of the earth is earthly without hope. The Father never really stops singing over us and the Son and the Holy Ghost bid us to step into Their dance. We have tried to keep our own beat way too long. Singing the song of the drunkards never gets us anywhere.
I always tell the story of the time as a little girl I was trying out for choir. I can’t remember what happened other than I still see that lady just saying—-“NEXT”! (Guess that meant I didn’t make the cut.) That’s a good example of the earthly song. The world isn’t impressed with us but God never stops creating a new song over us.
Luke 1:78 says, ” Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” As I look back on the words the Lord spoke over us in the 90’s and realize that He is encouraging us to sing this new song everyday, I realize that it could be painful at first, to allow God to change us, but it always yields peace our lives at the end.
Come on now, let the new song flow from your mouth, go ahead step into the Holy Ghost dance. They have been waiting for you for quite awhile. You will never be the same!



  1. Last night baptism was something awesome! For the last few weeks maybe even two months I have been feeling something in my belly. Something I can’t really explain. It’s like the day I got saved. Something happened on the inside of me and it has taken me all the years to understand what it was or who it was. It was Jesus. He came and made his home in me and so changed me that I walked out of that church at Victory Fellowship a new woman. He began to sing a new song over me and to me that day. That song was so sweet and so loud that I could not hear anything else. I did not want anything else. All my desires changed that day and I ran after God with all my heart and have been running since then (April 1992). Now I know that is what I am feeling now. He is singing over me and all my shame is fading away and all I can think of is Him and how to serve Him more. How to respond to the song that is being sung over me. Sing back. Sing back with my life. My life is a song. Surrendered totally and completetly to HIm. He is calling me up higher. I know that something big is about to happen. I can’t wait. Amen!

  2. A new song !!! Something is definitely taking place at victory. I can’t tell you what it is but I taste it and feel it . The best way for me to explain it is by a scene in “Honey I shrunk the Kids”. They rode on the back of a ant and held a stick with food hanging in front of the ant so he’ll have that sense of taste to keep going forward. God has instilled in me that taste. I keep pushing and when I almost feel like giving up He changes the bait.” A new song” I feel this fits Victory. I recently was sitting and talking to vince about how something is going on. I seen people this week from different churches that are in leadership , people I was in programs with etc. What’s drawing them? ha ha ha ha !!! The table is being set for something:) I recently had a vision of like a funnel and victory on the receiving end . A suction in a way pulling people back to victory that hasn’t been in years or just went elsewhere. I saw a men’s program starting. And also some other things that were a blurr but of importance. I feel revival!!! and the table is being made.

  3. This blog reminds me of the early years of David’s life. God sang over him and he went from a shepherd boy to being anointed as the King of Israel in a moment of time. The transition from shepherd to King was a huge change. During that transition David penned Psalm 63. David, in the middle of a ‘BAD DAY’, continued his dance with God and sang a song that is not explained in the natural, but the unseen. He too was in a time of change and ‘painful’ begins to explain his life yet in the wilderness of Judah, the wilderness of praise, he sang out! I cannot say it any better than David.

    PSALM 63: 2-7 (ESV)
    So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

    WAHOO!!!!!!! It is just what the children of God do!

  4. even before Katrina there was a flood episode that hit David drive pretty hard.. on my way to church, I could feel the anxiety of the people as they carried out their ruined belongings to the street .It was “walls” of personal pieces of their lives reduced to garbage. I took that sadness to the Lord, because it’s where the Comfort can be found…..He told me,” It’s time to let go of everything that’s holding on to you. It’s all going to be carried out to the landfill as waste. The really only worthwhile possession is Me and people. I’m going to flood My church and the useless possessions will be removed.” I had no idea of what could be coming , but I said Yes Lord …. (timidly) ….Yeah, Katrina…..yeah lots of faces I love are missing at church….yeah everything has changed…but …..thank you Lord for the lightness of de-cluttered church life….thank you Lord for the joy of Mary’s Song… thank you Lord for a old/new song that is getting louder and sweeter ….thank you Lord for these daily blogs that keep us in focus …..and thank you Lord for our “pew family” members…. One Spirit in one body…much love to all….cathy

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