I Have A Song

I’m not what you would call a music junkie, but I like to occasionally listen to music. Classical symphonies, smooth jazz, and bluegrass are my favorite genres (an odd mix, some might say). I’m blessed to have some albums of each in my collection. Listening to music can help melt the stress from a harried life.
But how is it that I am able to have such songs? Do I take this blessing for granted? How can I enjoy songs from long ago, say from Mozart?
Over 200 years ago on another continent, Wolfgang Mozart displayed amazing abilities to compose music. Not content to just play the melodies, Mozart took time to record the music in his head onto paper. These scores were passed down among music lovers, played by musicians and orchestras, and preserved to be enjoyed in the 21st century and beyond. The tune to which I am listening was once in the mind of Mozart. He was gracious enough to share that tune with the world, and others have helped pass it along to me.
There’s another song I enjoy far more than Mozart’s. Isaiah mentioned it as he assured Israel that God would not forsake them. Though God would certainly punish them for their transgressions, he would in time again bless them. “You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel” (Isaiah 30:29, NKJV). God promised it — his people would have a song. They would always have reason to rejoice, even when gloom surrounded them.
Such a promise has been passed along to Christians. It’s what enabled Paul and Silas to sing in a Philippian jail at midnight despite bleeding backs and muscles cramped from being restrained in stocks (Acts 16:22-25). It’s the reason Paul encouraged Christians of all times to always be “singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). Among the traits that make Christians unique, singing is one of the most delightful.
How did we get this special gift of song? Revelation 5 presents Jesus Christ as the reason. Only he was qualified to take from God’s hand the scroll which contained the fate of all mankind. When Jesus stepped forward to become savior of all, heaven’s inhabitants responded: “And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth'” (Revelation 5:9,10).
Christians have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. They have been elevated to a glorious status in the sight of God. What began as a thought in the mind of God has been made reality for us. We now have a song because of the marvelous grace of our Lord!

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