I love it when an old song comes on the radio that I know. I hear the first few notes and I am taken back to when that song plucked my heartstrings, and the song’s power comes back in all its glory in memory and joy. New songs don’t do that, because new songs emerge in the present, with my present circumstances. It takes a bit for new songs to become familiar and find their context that make them memorable.
But here is the things about songs and worship. Old worship songs you can sing by heart. You can also sing them without thinking about them. Because you know them so well, you can “go through the motions” of singing it without really feeling it. New worship songs don’t do that. They require concentration, effort, conscious thought. It is nerve-wracking when your church decides to sing several new songs every week. But it also forces you to concentrate and not go on worship “auto-pilot.”
I like a nice mix of the familiar and the new. Give me some old songs that I know so that I can feel confident when I sing that I know the words. But also give me a new song to force me to think and engage my mind and heart together. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Song Him an old song. But sing from your heart, and not your lips alone.
May God bless you today as you continue to serve and bless His kingdom.