2014: Sing a new song

by Katie Fox

Katie is a writer, a teacher, a mezzo-soprano, and a lover of all things red. She and her husband Shaun are passionate about mentoring and equipping artists of all kinds. Find her online at

It’s January 1, 2014. Happy New Year!

What can be said about the New Year that hasn’t already been said? Resolutions, goals, plans, schemes, and dreams…each year, we arrive at December 31 with tired, weary, or worn-down hearts, and we look at the new year ahead and dream of new starts and fresh beginnings.

There is, admittedly, something very alluring about the idea of a blank year stretched out before us, all fresh and clean, “with no mistakes in it yet.”*

However, like Tsh, I’m not much of a fan of making resolutions. I don’t know about you, but when I look at my life and the year to come, I feel like I need something much bigger than just me and my resolve.

I need a new song.

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song
How long to sing this song?
I will sing, sing a new song

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see U2 perform live, you might have heard them close the show with their song “40”, from their 1983 album War.

It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized that the lyrics from that song are taken from the Book of Psalms (Psalm 40, to be precise – hence, the title).

And actually, the call to “sing a new song” is found all throughout the Bible. When I was younger, it confused me.

What does it mean, to sing a new song? And why does it matter?

I think that as earthly creatures, living our very normal day-to-day lives, we all have a song to sing. We all have a voice, and when we don’t sing our song, our voice is missing from the great chorus of this world. It matters; it really does.

But life happens, and sometimes you forget the words, or the tune. Your voice grows weak with illness, depression, or anxiety. Sometimes you feel like you’re singing alone, and you need someone to sing along with you and bolster you up.

And sometimes you’ve been singing the same song for far too long, and it’s not the right song for you anymore. Your song has grown tired, or outdated. Maybe your song is just too small for the great longings and dreams of your heart.

You need a new song.

This longing for the new song, the fresh start, the blank slate – it’s okay. It’s good. It’s part of who we are, and how we’re made.

So don’t waste it. Find your song.

Find your new song, and offer it up with all that you have. We need you; the world needs your voice.

I once had the gorgeous experience of listening to singer-songwriter David Wilcox play a show in a little town outside of Cincinatti. When he finished singing, he looked out at us and said, “Sing your life. Live your music.”

Yes. Sing your life. It’s a new year, starting today.

What will your song be this year?

*as said by the indomitable Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

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  1. Thank you for your wise words. I am looking forward to 2014 and I definitely will be striving to sing a new song. Blessings to you!

  2. Lovely, Katie. Thank you.

  3. 1989. Love Town Tour. Adelaide, South Australia. I was fifteen and an exchange student. Screamed so much I was hoarse for days. My host dad found this profoundly funny. :)

  4. One of my songs for 2014 is going to be Sara Bareilles’ “Brave”. My word for the new year is DARE and reminding myself to be brave will be a boost.

  5. I posted the lyrics to What Grace is Mine by Kristyn Getty on my blog as part of my summation of what God has been teaching me in 2013, and where He’s taking me in 2014.

  6. I love it when a post I’m enjoying mentions a book/film that I’m currently reading. It’s makes me feel the universe is trying to tell me something! (Guess who’s reading Anne of Green Gables to the kids at the moment?)

    Turning 40 this year and I’m finally feeling I may have found my voice. Shame I’m tone-deaf! Not sure the singing will be in tune but I’ll give it a go ;-)

    • Ooh, have you read Anne before? You will love it! What a gift! Yes, sing your song even if you think it’s not in tune – it is still needed and beautiful. :)

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    Amy Richards says:

    Really great post – I need a new song. Just have to listen for it.

  8. Do you know the children’s book “Giraffe’s can’t dance”? It talks about that we all can dance once we have found the right music (even giraffes ;-) . Thanks for this great post. A good reminder that it is often not about the IF but about the HOW. Happy New Year!

  9. “And sometimes you’ve been singing the same song for far too long, and it’s not the right song for you anymore. Your song has grown tired, or outdated. Maybe your song is just too small for the great longings and dreams of your heart.”

    Yup. It’s been a tough couple of years for us. Looking forward to finding a new song.

  10. THIS!
    I’ve been playing around with the idea of singing a different song every day for a month, and blogging about what each song choice means to me and why I chose it. Reading this post affirms that idea. It’s already late at night on Jan. 1st, and the “old” me might have sighed in resignation that I missed the boat on this plan. But you know what? I’m going to go find a song right now that says something to the effect of, “It’s never too late!” And then I’m going to sing it. And then I’m going to write about it.
    Thanks! :)

  11. One of my favorite songs is called “New Song” by Audrey Assad, and it fits in PERFECTLY with this post…

  12. Just want to say I love “40” – it is such a beautiful ending to an incredible album. I love the message of this post -it really resonates with me right now.

  13. Love this! It is so what I needed to hear today :)

  14. What a fantastic message – I’m so glad I found your site!

  15. Your post took my resolution to “explore new music” to a whole new level! thank you.

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