I was at the conference office for a meeting last week. As the group I am a part of was starting, one of the guys got out his laptop computer and was trying to connect with the wi-fi. He couldn’t remember what the password was, he thought is was john 3:16, but after he tried it…no luck. Someone else in the group was going upstairs so they said they would see what it was. When they came back down they said, “you were close, it has a capital J and an exclamation point on the end.” To which the guy replied, “Oh yeah, I forgot to be excited about it.” I had a good laugh with that one.
As I have thought about this interaction, I have started to wonder if I ever do the same thing? Not forget a wi-fi password, but forgotten to get excited about the truth of John 3:16? “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
When the angel appears to Mary in Luke 2, the angel says, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” “Good news of great joy,” that seems like it deserves an exclamation point. The “good news.” It is connected with the Kingdom – the good news of the kingdom (Matthew 4:23, Mark 1:15, Luke 4:43, Luke 8:1, Luke 16:16, Acts 8:12). It is called the good news of God (Mark 1:14). It is what is preached to the poor (Matthew 11:5, Luke 4:18, Luke 7:22). It is about Jesus, Him being Lord and the resurrection (Acts 5:42, 8:35, 10:36, 11:20, 17:18). What we also know that one of those things that also makes it good news is that it is for everybody (Mark 16:15, Luke 2:10). And these are just the places where the word “good news” is used. Is the truth of the gospel, the saving work of Christ, the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, the nature and heart of God not also good news? So, I ask, do we forget how exciting it is?
What part of the good news that when you first heard it made your heart rejoice, but now still knowing it is truth, doesn’t do the same thing in you? We can become cynical, we can become discouraged, we can become weary, and I think we have forgotten how amazingly exciting it is. Has what God did, what the Lord offered become so ordinary in our thoughts that we have forgotten how extraordinary it truly is?
I pray that you see and hear it anew again. That it makes your heart race again. That is causes you to smile and sing praises. I pray that as you hear the stories of others, share in their lives, you won’t be discouraged but encouraged and excited about what God has done and still wants to do in each life. The good news is for all.
For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t forget to be excited about it.
Because of Him,
Psalm 96:1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Nine times in scripture we hear about a new song. Six in the Psalms, one in Isaiah, and two in Revelation. As I have been thinking about this new year, I started asking myself what my new song I might sing to the Lord be this year. Not a familiar song with more zeal because it has become even more true to me – although I think that is a good thing. Not a song that comes back to your mind because God has continued to be at work – although also good. But, a new song. How are you and I putting ourselves in new places to hear, learn, realize another reason to praise, another tune to sing, another melody to add to your playlist of songs that lift our Lord high?
What part of the fruit of the Spirit are you asking God to make more complete in you this year? What sin do you need to bring to light so that our gracious God can create more fully a clean heart within us? What new step of faith, what new places are you going to go, what new act of generosity, what new outpouring of yourself into someone else, what new conversations are you and I going to have, take, do this year that is going to allow God to teach you a new song?
How are you going to be in His word? How are you going to surround yourself with the body of Christ? How are you going to use the gifts the Spirit has given you for the good of the body and the work the Lord has given it? How are you going to learn a new song?
And when you do, how are you going to share it? Who are you going to share it with? I want you to share it with us. I want you to teach us that song so that we can sing and glorify God with you in it. I want us to sing so that all the earth will know it.
I pray that God will open your eyes and heart and mind to know His truth more fully, His love more completely, His faithfulness more wholly, and His grace more abundantly. And I also pray that it causes you to sing. “Sing to the Lord a new song.” - Amen
Rev. Lynn Beach is married to his college sweetheart, Michelle, and they have two adorable daughters. He has been at Park Church since July 2013.