Rev.14:3 – And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to learn the song except the 144,000 who had been purchased from the earth.
Every season has its own share of things to deal with. Jonathan Edwards pastored a church in Western Massachusetts in 1740 just 36 years before the birth of the United States. No one realized that they were at the beginning of the Great Awakening that swept the 13 colonies over the next three and a half decades. It was Thanksgiving in Massachusetts just before another tough winter would set in, as for the church in Northampton it was time to worship and give thanks. What would ultimately boil over into an awakening across the colonies had been incubating in this Northampton church since 1734, revival was in the air that day and it was time to give thanks. Edwards was preaching from today’s text that Thanksgiving Day, one of the things he spoke about was giving thanks for the new heart that they had received. Check out this clip from his sermon.
“By this work of God in renewing the heart, the man that is the subject of it becomes a new creature or is a new man, as it is often said in Scripture. And therefore no wonder that his song is new: for we are told that “old things are passed away” and “all things become new with him”. [The] hearts of the redeemed are new. He has a new spirit put within him. Their natures are new. In some sense their bodies are new. They have new eyes. They are renewed in the whole man. They are said to be “a new lump,” having put away “the old leaven”. They are newborn babes. They have new garments, for their filthy garments are taken away and they are clothed with change of raiment. And they have a new name. And ch. 3:12, “I will write upon him my new name.”
We have a lot to be thankful for in the midst of our goofy Covid/Ida drama. We too have been made new. We have a new heart, a new vision of life, a new purpose, and a new family. I can’t imagine living without Christ and His church at a time like this. I thank the Lord for our family, Victory Church. Together we shine as lights in the darkness as we give thanks to the Lord.