Thanks for your prayers.
A new sound is coming.
That one has been floating around so long it isn’t new anymore.
A new sound is coming. And it is not a musical sound.
When you study the arts across disciplines, you discover something.
Spiritual and philosophical movements always come before movements in the arts. So there will be a thought movement or a spiritual awakening, and that will spawn a movement in poetry or literature. Literature will inspire the visual arts, and these then are followed by movements in music.
Revivals precede changes in worship.
All the music we associate with various revivals came after the revival began. The music is an outcome, not a cause.
Music follows the sound of the Shepherd’s voice.
Jesus told us that he only did what he saw his Father doing. Everything is initiated by the Father in heaven.
And God is about to do a new thing, and a new sound is coming.
Two weeks ago during the conference in Dallas, I was listening to Graham Cooke talk on the realities of the indwelling Christ, and how this changes our perception of reality.
And as Graham spoke, I heard the Lord say, “This is the new sound.”
It’s about discovering Christ in you, the hope of glory.
I was surprised because I have been waiting for music.
God is always seeking our fullness. And because He is infinite, there is always more. And because we are created to contain Him, we have infinite needs, and we also have an infinite capacity to grow.
There is always more: more Holy Spirit, more grace, more transformation, more discovery.
This is what I mean when I talk about “endless becoming.”
For almost 60 years now, we have been listening to a sound that, more or less, has been influenced by the Beatles. During this era, the church actually lagged behind the culture. I would say the philosophy has been “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” The worship songs in the average church now have more in common with “She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” than “A Mighty Fortress is our God.”
That’s not a judgment, it’s an observation. Relax.
The truth is, “two guitars, drums, and a bass” have limits. So does four chords and a lot of repetition. But so does complete and total improvisation. And so does a classically trained organist.
God is about to release a new sound. And when this sound is released, it is going to change the songs we sing.
When God changes the inside, the outward expression changes too.
The most beautiful sound in all creation is a multitude of human voices raised in harmony. This is the sound of heaven, and it is about to invade earth once again. It is going to be radical, and like every new movement, it is going to be controversial.
And just to make it clear, I am not saying that churches need to abandon their worship teams for organs and hymnals. The worship wars ended a while ago. I am saying God is about to bring a reformation. It is not going to look like the Jesus movement, or Wesley, or Luther, or Francis, or Patrick. It’s going to be as new as all of those were.
All your tradition began with new.
It’s not about the style, it’s about the substance.
And there is nothing more solid
than the awareness
that in Christ,
the most kind,
the most loving,
the most complete and creative
Being in the Universe lives inside of you.
That will reform a lot of things, not just music.
And the only way you can be prepared is to listen and say
“Let it be to me according to your Word.”
And that, my friend, will be a new sound.
Thanks for taking the time to read these emails. We are in a period of extraordinary growth, and it is very humbling. As always, if something touches you, share it with a friend.
He Never Fails,