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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: Singing a New Song
By Jacquelyn Horne


When I lived a worldly life, I followed my master with all my heart. I danced to the sinful tune of the wicked and enjoyed the pleasures of sin for a season. But it never satisfied that longing deep within me.

How often I lied, telling myself that all the music of this evil kingdom was beautiful, relaxing and bringing happiness to me. When all of the time, in truth, it was distressing, ugly and bringing nothing but sorrow. Just a picture of grief, camouflaged by Satan and introduced by the music of a satanic song. His presumptuous attitude that I would always be dependent on him convinced me that I was a slave to his music. I couldn’t escape it.

As long as it was day; as long as the night stretched forth in song and revelry, I could fool myself into believing that this was life at its fullest. But there always came that time when I was utterly alone with my head on the pillow and facing my conscience. It wasn’t such a pretty picture then.

I finally approached a time in my life that I could no longer deceive myself. This music to which I danced was not as beautiful as I had earlier perceived. It was taking a toll on my life, my happiness and my conscience. The tune was depressing and I began to cry out to God for deliverance.

I remembered his Word from the earlier days of my life. King David had written two things in his psalms that began gnawing at my heart. “…create in me a clean heart…”* and “…put a new song in my mouth…”* I begged the Lord for that new song.

God came to my rescue. He brought me a new score sheet, and together, we went to work on it. I’ll never forget the wonderful feeling of cleanness that came to me there. Tears of sorrow had cleansed my life, the blood of Christ had washed my soul, the love of God had filled my heart and, like a bird in early spring, I was finding new notes for my spectacular song.

Is your life a song of tragedy and despair? Are you discouraged with the tune that keeps drumming in your ear? If Satan is fooling you into believing his mournful tune is bringing happiness; if he’s playing music that excites you but never touches your heart; if your dancing to his rhythm and don’t know how to change the tune – just ask Jesus to help you write a new song. He’s more than willing.

He wants to meet you at an altar to talk about it. He wants you to leave the Disco of the life you now live and meet him on heavenly territory. Where is that altar? Anywhere you humble your heart and ask his forgiveness. I promise you, if you place it in his hands, you’ll come away singing a new song. This song will bring peace as you lay alone at night. This song will stay with you as you go through your day. This song will be with you in battlefield of life as you fight the enemy. Your new song will be so beautiful that you’ll want to share it with others.


* Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (KJV)

* Psalm 40:3 “…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.” (KJV)

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Julie Arduini03/16/07
Very well written, such a neat testimony set to music! This would make a great devotional to boot!
Joanne Sher 03/19/07
Wonderful testimony and lesson. You swept me right away with you.
Myrna Noyes03/21/07
You so clearly showed the huge difference between the effects on us of satan's songs of darkness and God's songs of light! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences! :)
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/21/07
This is a good devotional. I liked the line "He gave me a new song sheet." A great message!
Sara Harricharan 03/21/07
I think this would make a good devotional. I liked your descriptions and easy-to-read format like Disco of the life you now live That is just cute and ties in wonderfully with the topic. ^_^
Pat Guy 03/21/07
Yes! This is soooooo good! A GREAT devotional! I love how this was written - not preachy or condemning. This is a beautiful witnessing tool to the world.
Jen Davis03/21/07
This is an excellent message about the power of music for good or for evil. It is a choice one has to make. You conclude this piece with a wonderful promise. I pray you are able to share this message with those who most need to hear it.
Loren T. Lowery03/21/07
I concur and echo the comments above. You have touched a univeral chord with your wonderful article.
Great writing.
Donna Powers 03/21/07
A very good message and one that anyone can relate to. Thanks for sharing this
T. F. Chezum03/21/07
I agree - Well written, a good read with a great message.
Edy T Johnson 03/23/07
You give the reader a lot to think about, how music can be used for evil as well as good and the impact of each on a person's life. I appreciate a message written from personal experience. It rings so true in the heart of the reader. I also appreciate your commenting on my music entry. Thank you!
Donna Howard03/23/07
It's too bad devotional don't place higher in the Challenge. This is truly beautiful. It's fits the topic perfectly, and the message touches the heart of everyone, believer or nonbeliever. Great job!
Bonnie Derksen04/17/07
I am wowed by your descriptions and perspective on life before Christ. You have touched something deep within me and put into words what I have felt.
I also think about those still listening to the enemy's song, those prodigals that could be on the brink of return. Your powerful words will speak to their aching hearts, of this I have no doubt.
For the building of His kingdom, write on dear lady.