God places a song in the hearts of his children. A song of hope and life. “He has put a new song in my mouth” (Psalm 40:3). Some saints sing this song loud and long every single day of their lives. In other cases the song falls silent. Life’s hurts and happenings mute the music within. Long seasons pass in which God’s song is not sung.
I want to be careful here. Truth is, we do not always know if someone has trusted God’s grace.
A person may have feigned belief but not meant it. Judas is an example of one who seemed to have been saved but in truth was not. For three years he followed Christ. While the others were becoming apostles, he was becoming a tool of Satan. When Jesus said, “You are clean, though not every one of you” (John 13:10 niv), he was referring to Judas, who possessed a fake faith.
Whether or not someone’s faith is real isn’t ours to know. But we know this: where there is genuine conversion, there is eternal salvation. Our task is to trust God’s ability to call his children home.
We join God as he walks among his wayward and wounded children, singing.
Eventually his own will hear his voice, and something within them will awaken. And when it does, they will begin to sing again.
“Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD! Praise his name! Announce every day how he delivers! Tell the nations about his splendor! Tell all the nations about his amazing deeds! For the LORD is great and certainly worthy of praise; he is more awesome than all gods.”
Psalms 96:1-4 NET
“He gave me reason to sing a new song, praising our God. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the LORD!”
Psalms 40:3 NET
“Jesus replied, “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not every one of you.””
John 13:10 NET