Today’s Responsorial Song at Mass comes from the 98th Psalm:
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
What I have found to be most intriguing in my own Life as a Divine Song is the discovery that every human being has their own song to sing to God and, on the level of our soul, each of us, throughout the day, is actively singing some song to God. It is through these series of songs that our soul communicates to God, neighbor, and self in one of the deepest ways possible.
Many of the songs that our soul sings are just like those written in the Psalms. We sing songs of joy and songs of fear, songs of faith and despair, peace and revenge, praise and anger. The key distinguishing mark between those of us who are in the Circle of Grace and those in the Circle of Hate is that souls in the Circle of Grace actually care about what song is in their heart and what song is being sung by other people, friends, and neighbors. Whenever I encounter someone who is singing a song of anger or depression, I want to know why they are singing that song, and I find it necessary to try to give them a better song to sing. Whenever I encounter someone who is singing a song of praise, I want to join in with them or just listen to it.
I have found the songs of the soul to be most telling thing in all human relationships. I have meet women who I had known some years ago, while I was still in the Circle of Hate, that I would have pursued solely because I found them to be physically attractive. Because cacophony is the order of the day in the Circle of Hate and because the will of God does not matter there, it is of little concern what song your neighbor is singing. In contrast, now I find myself being drawn more to the song of the soul, rather than to physical beauty. The physical appearance is still important to me because it bears witness to that person’s relationship with its other two parts (mind and soul) of their humanity, but the reason why the song that my neighbor is singing is even more important to me now is because it bears witness to me about their relationship with God.
In the Circle of Grace and the Circle of Hate there are only three songs that we will hear; those being: (1) Songs that we use to sing ourselves; (2) Songs that we would like to sing; and (3) Songs that we are also singing right now. It is usually in this later group where men and women find that person who they will call their ‘soul-mate’. Indeed, to call someone your soul-mate is just a short way of saying that your soul and that person’s soul is singing the very same song. When such a chance as this occurs between souls in the Circle of Grace, the potential is awe inspiring; that these two persons could continue to sing duets to God together for the rest of their lives. Such opportunities as these have the potential to yield abundant life. In contrast, when one finds their soul-mate in the Circle of Hate, it can only lead to destruction.
The same principle holds true for boon companions, associates, and family members. Every soul is actively in the process of singing a song to God, and there are some songs that you may not feel very comfortable hearing. You may find that some people in your life are singing the same old song that they were singing ten years ago. Do not be frustrated at them for it, rather, simply understand that is just where they are at with God and encourage them to learn a new song, and pray that God will give them a new song to sing.
Concerning being ‘equally yoked, I hold to my belief that the people closest to you should all be singing songs that are either the same as you or somehow compliments it. I believe that this was the case with the souls of those who were closest to our Lord when He walked the earth. They were learning how to sing backup to His song. Yet, as our Lord found them, is not as He left them. He spent three years teaching them His songbook, and after He Ascended He continued to teach them His songbook as He teaches it to all of us – through the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, I encourage you to listen to your own song and to the songs of others; embrace them, learn from them, join in with those that speak of God’s glory, but, most importantly, always look seek from the Lord a New Song to sing to Him.
Prayer for a New Song to Sing to God
Most Holy Trinity, source of everything good,
My soul cries out for a new song to you.
My days are long and my trials are plenty.
The song I sing now is tested, worn, old, and true.
I thank you for this song and everything that
I went through to earn and learn it,
but now Lord give me a new song to sing you.
I want a new song for a new season with you.
I want a deeper song for the deeper relationship I have with you.
I want the song you have for me.
Have mercy on me Lord and give me a fresh song of praise
to sing from the depths of my soul.
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