As I was meditating prior to leading worship for a group of students one day last week, God brought something to my attention. I had 2 songs planned for the set: one song was written based on scripture included in the Psalms, and the other was a hymn written a few decades back in the 1900s. Now I realize that doesn’t really seem like anything out of the ordinary to most of you, and perhaps it wouldn’t usually strike me as something special, since it’s something that I do all of the time. But on this day, it was different. In those moments (by God’s revelation), I recognized that those students were singing the same Truth today as believers were thousands of years ago when the Psalms were written. And the same could be said of the hymn that we sang, written decades earlier than the birthdays of any of these students.
So why is that significant? Why does it really matter that believers separated by thousands of years can sing (essentially) the same song to God?
Here’s the answer: because it reflects the nature and character of God. Truth never changes (Proverbs ), and God’s Word is Truth (John ). It’s ageless and stands the test of time. What’s true of God yesterday is still true today, and it will be true tomorrow as well. So then, we come to understand that an amassment of cultures and societies separated by oceans and centuries can be united under the banner of Christ, who is the Truth (John 14:6).
This is just as important for the future of Christendom as it has been throughout history. As long as the Church is singing songs from the Word, the Church will be singing the Truth. And as long as the Church is singing the Truth, God will be glorified and lives will be resurrected, redeemed, and restored.
“Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself.” -Augustine