Creativity is like music. It moves like melodies through peaks and valleys. There are times when the meter is precise and times that are simply felt, like jazz. And we sing along. There are times when we sing softly and times when we belt at the top of our lungs.
Wherever the music takes us, we sing along. Sometimes it may feel as though we are repeating the same verse over and over again, and sometimes…sometimes there will be something new, a new song.
Sometimes the new song comes from us, comes from a new variation on our abilities…
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. Psalm 33:3
Sometimes our creativity will birth something new, something unheard, something yet unseen.
And sometimes the song comes from God, a mouthful of grace…
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:3
Sometimes God’s work will cause us to respond with new songs that tell of the new things He is doing, of His grace being poured out.
When God gave the disciples the great commission he was giving them the permission and the mandate to live a story and to sing a song. And in some ways the song they had to sing was a new one, and in some ways it wasn’t. It was the same song that God had been writing, the same song that God’s people had been singing all along, but there were new verses to sing.
There were some who had been faithful in singing the old song, and as God wrote new verses they sang these as well.
But there were some who had ceased to sing the old song—at least in the way God had written—and when it came time to sing the new one they found they couldn’t.
We must keep singing. And sometimes we must keep singing the same song and the same verses again and again, even as we wait to hear a new song.