2014: Sing a new song

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 Your song has grown tired, or outdated.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

25 Comments

  1. Jessica

    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!

    • Katie Fox

      Thank you – you too, Jessica!

    • Katie Fox

      thanks, Sarah. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Caroline Starr Rose

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Katie Fox

      YES. That sounds amazing!!! Thanks for sharing the memory. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Becky

    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.

    • Katie Fox

      GREAT song!! I love her music. Yes, be brave!

  4. jordan elizabeth

    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.

    • Katie Fox

      Oh goodness, I don’t know that song but the Gettys have written some of my favorite songs over the years. I will have to look that one up. Thank you for sharing!

      • jordan elizabeth

        You’re very welcome. If you click the image of the text in my post, it’ll take you to the Getty’s website ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jo@simplybeingmum

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Katie Fox

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Amy Richards

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

    • Katie Fox

      Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you! I’m listening for my new song, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Franziska

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Thanks for this great post. A good reminder that it is often not about the IF but about the HOW. Happy New Year!

    • Katie Fox

      I don’t know that book – I will have to check it out! I love children’s lit. Thanks for the suggestion. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Steph

    “And sometimes youโ€™ve been singing the same song for far too long, and itโ€™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.

    • Katie Fox

      I think I can relate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s hoping you find your new song soon, and can even offer it up with joy!

  9. Andi-Roo (@theworld4realz)

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Northwest traveler

    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.

  11. Mackenzie

    Love this! It is so what I needed to hear today ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Abby

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

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