A New Song

Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!” -Psalm 96:1

My first job out of college was performing in a long running Broadway musical in New York City. Obviously, this was a dream job, especially for a twenty-two year old recent drama school graduate. I was so excited to go to work every day in a new city, meeting new people, performing in front of new audiences every night. I was fulfilled artistically, relationally, and financially. I was having the time of my life. 

However, 2 years and 581 performances later, things didn’t feel as new anymore. In fact, my performance in the show had grown downright stale. Showing up, saying the same lines, and singing the same notes night after night had taken it’s toll. I no longer felt the excitement and fulfillment that I did at the beginning. I no longer felt connected to my fellow cast mates and the audience. I wasn’t creating art anymore, I was just collecting a pay check.

I wonder how many of us are just punching the clock in our relationship with God? We’ve been singing the same old song for years. Praying the same prayers, serving on the same team, sitting in the same pew, listening to the same voices and perhaps now we find ourselves feeling empty or distant.

Don’t get me wrong, consistency on our spiritual journey is important. But there’s a difference between consistency and complacency.

While I was performing in New York, doing the same dance moves night after night was part of my job. In our relationship with God though, there are endless ways we can draw near to him. Perhaps today, we need to sing a new song to the Lord in the areas where we’re grown complacent. Perhaps today, we can challenge ourselves to seek God in a way we never have before, in the hopes of experiencing him on a level we’ve never known before.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I thank you for your presence in every area of my life. I ask that today, you would breathe new life into the areas of my faith that have grown complacent. Give me a new song to sing that reveals a new aspect of your character and brings me deeper into your heart.

Erin Jorgenson