TUNING YOUR HEART
Rev. 14:3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
Singing the new song of The Lord takes more than just learning the words and the tune of this song, it must become part of the fabric of your soul. Actually, that’s the way music is. Music is the expression of our heart. It is not only the words of a song that are important, the melody and the rhythms actually communicate the condition and affections of our heart. Secular music is often sensual, it is not only the words of sensuality but actually the very sounds of the music itself that are communicating the feelings of our soul. That is why the song of The Lord cannot be learned, it flows out of who we are. Here is something Edwards said about this song in his Thanksgiving Day message in 1740.
“There must be an ability to sing. Not only the matter of the song must be learnt, but also the music of the song. But the music of this tune consists in the melody of the heart. Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” As in order to learn the music of other songs, the voice must be tuned, so in order to learn the music of this song, the heart must be tuned. The music of this new song consists in holy admiration, in exalting thoughts of the glory of God and the Lamb and the great things of the gospel; and in divine love, in loving God for his excellency appearing in the face of Christ, in holy rejoicing in God and in delight and complacence of the soul in Jesus, whereby we, having not seen him, do love him and “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” [1 Peter 1:8]. They that are unacquainted with this spiritual melody, they can’t learn to sing that new song.”
Edwards said that in order to sing this song that “our hearts must be tuned”. He said our hearts are tuned by “holy admiration” which comes from seeing the great work of our God seen in the life of Jesus Christ. We think about the miracle of His incarnation as a man and our hearts swell with gratitude. We remember the power of His earthly ministry and we are amazed at the power of His word. Considering His death, His song begins to capture our love. Amazing grace, the song of the ages, begins to beat deep inside of our souls. And then it happens, the love of God generously pours over us in the person of the Holy Spirit. We are done: His song is on us, His song is all around us, His song is beating in every cell of our bodies. We have joined the happy throng in heaven, the new song has become our song.