Rev. 21:5 ¶ Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
One of the most obvious changes in my life at my conversion was the music I listened to. I have always loved my music. Thankfully, I relocated to California at the time of my conversion and found myself in the middle of the Jesus movement. There was a whole culture being birthed and music was a huge part of it. I traded in the Beatles, Allman Brothers, and Dylan for Phil Keaggy, Keith Green, and the Second Chapter of Acts. I had entered into a new life and my life was filled with this new song. Jesus was making all things new. It wasn’t like there was a rule not to listen to secular music it was just that there was an emptiness in all of those secular songs that no longer had a part in my life. Jonathan Edwards was all about singing, this new song was a major part of his church.
“By this work of God in renewing the heart, the man that is the subject of it becomes a new creature or is a new man, as it is often said in Scripture. And therefore no wonder that his song is new: for we are told that “old things are passed away” and “all things become new with him”. The hearts of the redeemed are new. He has a new spirit put within him. Their natures are new. In some sense their bodies are new. They have new eyes. They are renewed in the whole man. They are said to be “a new lump,” having put away “the old leaven”. They are newborn babes. They have new garments, for their filthy garments are taken away and they are clothed with change of raiment. And they have a new name. “He that overcomesI will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it.” And “I will write upon him my new name.”
How do you learn this new song? You learn it from hearing the melody of heaven in the voice of Jesus Christ. His voice is sweet and His words are food for our souls. His words enter our hearts and actually become a song in our bellies. This song feeds us, sustains us, satisfies, and empowers us. We don’t just sing different kinds of songs, we become this song. Christ is the songwriter, musician, and singer and He lives inside of us.