I was in digs when I started teaching in Oldham. I remember the young lad in the house returning from a gig at what was then the Nynex Arena, and is now known as the MEN Arena.
He’d caught the train from Victoria back to Mumps. And somebody on the train started to sing “I will sing, sing a new song… how long to sing this song” and it started to be taken up by different people all over the train. All the way to Oldham Mumps.
At that time, it was one of the staple parts of U2’s encore songs. Really simple. Based on Psalm 40. I waited patiently for the Lord, he inclined and heard my cry. He lifted me up out of the pit, out of the miry clay. I will sing…
Funny how a bunch of Irish folk planted that song into people’s hearts, enabling them to praise God. We went to see U2 a good few years later, and many new songs on. It still remains in our memory as a worship event. U2 do enable worship among people who don’t necessarily know the God they (U2) love.
But he is the only God, and we are all loved by him.
He still creates a new heart in those who receive him. Sing out!