Rev. 14:3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
I love Thanksgiving. To me, its the perfect holiday. Its about reflection, rest, giving thanks; and of course, our family. Thanksgiving is also part of our national conscience (you know, the one we have been running from for a generation). We are reminded during this special season of our national identity and calling. The United States is not an accident. We are part of the Lord’s sovereign plans. Actually, our country is the culmination of the protestant reformation. Our founders came to this land on boats in search of religious freedom. We were birthed as a nation and became one nation under God through the Great Awakening from 1740 – 1775. Much of the modern spread of Christianity in the nations of the world is the harvest of seeds American missionaries have sown over the last 250 years. One of my favorite sermons is a Thanksgiving day sermon called “They Sing a New Song” preached by Jonathan Edwards in 1740.This short snippet of that sermon is from his concluding thoughts on their Thanksgiving day In Northampton, Massachusetts.
“In order to learn the new song, you must hear the melody of the voice of Christ in the gospel. You have heard that the glorious gospel is that out of which this song is to be learned, and that ’tis Christ that must teach it. And this is the way that he teaches it: by causing the soul to hear the melody of his own voice in the gospel.
‘Tis Christ that speaks to us in the gospel. Many hear his words, but they perceive no sweetness in them. They perceive no pleasantness in his voice, in the doctrines and invitations and promises of the gospel. ‘Tis all an insipid thing and dead letter to them. But to the godly, Christ’s mouth is found to be most sweet. You must perceive the sweetness of the voice. You must see the glory of those doctrines, and the sweetness of those invitations, and the exceeding preciousness of those promises.”
This message is permeated with thanksgiving, the air in Northampton that Thanksgiving Day was charged with revival fire. Edwards related giving of thanks to singing a new song or in other words songs birthed by the Spirit in revival. He said they were connected to the sweetness of the Savior’s voice. Personal contact with The Lord is at the center of spiritual awakening. You begin “to hear The Lord’s voice” and you are drawn into this new life characterized by the new song. Edwards said that you would also see the glory of those doctrines. The doctrines of our faith become precious to us. We love the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith, we are humbled that we have been accepted into this beautiful new life. We love His invitations as He calls us near. Our life is secure, secure in the promises of God.