Sing Some Old Gold
Do you have a song that you use to sing in church that was labeled as "your song?" You sang it with conviction because of the work God had done in your heart through that song. And, every time you sang it, people were blessed. Still today, you receive requests to sing that song again. However, even though you've moved on to newer songs, there's that one song from the past, old gold, that reminds you of the work God did in your heart. This song defines your music ministry.
Recently, a musician friend of mine sang one of those songs from the past in church. I was amazed at what a blessing it was. It was as if I was hearing a new song! I have another musician friend who always sings older songs. She seems to thrive in the music written in the '70s and '80s. For the younger people in the audience, these songs are new as they're hearing them for the first time.
I write this to you today to encourage not to dismiss the older songs. As musicians, we are constantly looking for the next song to learn. We are searching for the newest or most popular song. And there's a wealth of songs to choose from. Search for songs that speak the truth, but don't forget about the older songs.
I have noticed that a trend for some newer artists is to write vague and lofty lyrics. At the end, you're left wondering what that song was about. Now, I'm not saying that all of the newer songs are like that, or that all of the older songs are flawless. Take a moment and think about the songs you've sung in the past and pull up one that was significant to you.
Now, it's likely that if you're thinking back far enough, that song was on a cassette tape, and that track is no good now. No worries! There are so many great songs that I consider "old gold" that can be found right here at Christwill Music.
Deuteronomy 4:9 says, "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children." (ESV) God is exhorting His people to remember the things He's done in the past and tell their children about it.
If God has worked in your life, don't forget about it; tell others about it. And, if God has worked in your life or the lives of others through a song, don't forget about that either; sing about it. Start searching. You will probably find that song from the past that was labeled as your song. Re-learn it, and sing some old gold in church the next time you're scheduled to perform.
Molly Shorter is full-time musician and worship leader in the service of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She works with church musicians, giving them opportunities to develop and use their God-given musical gifts for His honor and glory.
Along with leading a large worship team, she is also a teacher to budding musicians, a playwright and theater director, a composer, and the writer of your enouragement here at Christwill Music.