Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, November 19th, 2011
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3 (NAS)
The entertainment industry is full of singers and songs. Even dance, movies, and theatre are supported by song. Music's appeal spans from the birth of man to American Idol, where hundreds of thousands audition and hundreds of millions watch. God loves singers. He made them for a glorious purpose. They enrich Heaven and earth. They draw people to Him.

What does God advise His singers? 'Sing unto the Lord a new song!' These words are in Psalms 33:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1, and Isaiah 42:10. Similar words are in Revelation 5:9 and 14:3. 'New' is a key word.

To sing a new song, singers must be songwriters. This godly proclamation is worldly-wise, too. Songwriters are highly desirable. Therefore, AMTC advises remarkable singers to stretch the gift God gave them. Write. You can do it. Learn the notes and chords; listen for the songs God will put in your heart.

If you already write, continue. 'Play skillfully' (Psalm 33:3), and you will become increasingly excellent. Young David practiced in the field before performing for the king. Then he became the king. Now he sings for the King! I can imagine hearing David sing in heaven--along with countless diverse and perfect voices in colorful harmony.

Yet, earth is a preview of heaven, as our best singers are a preview of what's to come.

What about actors, models, dancers, and comedians? Same advice. Be new! Be original. Just as God made every person from the beginning of time with a unique fingerprint, we must discover and develop our uniqueness. By embracing our own 'brand', we become more marketable.

Satan would have us believe we are not special. He would have us believe we are common--that our best chance of 'success' is to conform to the world, to its image, even to his image.

Truly, every person on this earth is in the process of conforming, of becoming. We are becoming holy or deadly. We move toward God or away from Him, even in a circle. However, our overall movement must be toward God, toward the image of Christ, and toward newness.

Therefore, listen to your Director. Walk in the newness of life. (See Romans 6:4).

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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