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!