“Lord, won’t You do a new thing
Use me like You never had before
I’ve seen the tried and true thing
It made me want to serve You even more
I want to let my light shine, so everyone can see
And be the kind of witness, that You would have me be
Just like You told Isaiah Lord
Say You’ll do a new thing in me.”
Brian Free and Assurance have a song on their “Worth It” CD called A New Thing. What strikes me about this song isn’t so much the groovy music, but the lyrics that speak of a yearning to be used of the Lord in a new way. The words talk about the desire to do the things that we’ve seen our hero’s of the faith do – where we come to a point where watching others move their mountains isn’t good enough – we want to move our own now! It speaks of wanting that “revival in my soul.” In this devotional, I want to look at three “new things” that the Lord has done for every child that has put their trust in Him. A new creation – a new song – and a new thing.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
This is a very popular verse that I know we’ve heard a million times. We may even know it by heart. When I read it, I think of my salvation – the reason I am a new creation is because Jesus Christ died for my sin, and rose again on the third day. That is where it all begins. Without the cross, we’re lost! To me, 2 Corinthians 5:17 has “hope” written all over it. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, Christ can erase it all and give us a clean slate…a new creation! A new start!
“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.” – Psalm 40:3
Once we have placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – He gives us a testimony, a new song to sing. We are forever different because of Him. At the Steve Hurst School of Music, I heard the comparison of our everyday actions being like singing a song. Are we going to sing a song that has dry, depressing, sad words? – Or, are we going to use our song (life) to praise our Redeemer?
This verse also says that when others hear our songs, they will trust in the Lord because of our testimony. I love reading biographies of missionaries, and when I read their stories, it strengthens my faith. Sharing how the Lord has saved us is a great way to witness to others about the Lord…but the change shouldn’t stop at salvation, we should continue to grow through our spiritual walk with Christ.
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
The beast of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.” – Isaiah 43:19-20
This is the text that our song, A New Thing, is taken from in the Scripture. Here, the Lord speaks of providing for His people in desert lands and the wilderness. Hmmm, I wonder why He would say something like, “I give waters in the wilderness?” Maybe, because He knew that in the course of our lives we would have deserts to walk through and wildernesses to trudge across too. He wanted us to know through His Word that He would provide the refreshing springs that we would need to make it through! We don’t have to be afraid to face the mountain or the valley. We don’t have to fear, just step out on faith because we know that the Lord is with us every step of the way. Just like the lyrics in the song, we can ask for a new thing, and He will do it – and help us walk through it. Now, I’m not saying to request a trial, rather, to bring our spiritual life up to a new level, so He can use us in new ways to accomplish His will. Ask Him to do something new in our lives! Heal that relationship, witness to a neighbor, get in contact with that old high school friend on FaceBook who may not know the Lord – just do something new!