New Wine

New Wine by Hillsong

verse. In the crushing, in the pressing, You are making new wine. In the soil, I now surrender. You are breaking new ground.

So, I yield to You and to Your careful hand. When I trust You, I don’t need to understand.

chorus. Make me a vessel. Make me an offering. Make me whatever You want me to be. I came here with nothing–but all you have given me. Jesus, bring new wine out of me.

bridge. Cuz where there is new wine, there is new power. There is new freedom and the kingdom is here. I lay down my old flames to carry Your new fire today.

Almost two weeks ago, I journaled about the lyrics in this song after going to a pre-recording of the week’s church service where this song was on their set list. There is so much meaning in each lyric and I want to unpack it a little bit!!

In the next few blogs, I’m going to be writing about all things gardening, flowers, planting, and root systems etc. I’ll bring more songs to the table and Bible verses and parables and words from a friend. This whole concept is so exciting because it is relevant. It’s right now. God, the most careful Gardener is planting something in each one of our hearts through these difficult times and we need to be the best stewards of that that we can be; crushing all the weeds (with His help), watering frequently, and staying exposed to the sun.

Let’s look back at the song. The very first lyrics are: “in the crushing, in the pressing, You are making new wine” I don’t know what has crushed or pressed you most, but I know you have felt crushed by something recently. The truth is, there has been a lot of uncertainty, anger, and distrust in 2020. And yet the lyrics are making an analogy–if you think about the process of making new wine, the grapes have to be pressed in order to get something new out of them.

Maybe God knew that if church buildings were not closed down, church would never be as real as it needed to in each home. And like the worship pastor at my church was telling us one day in relation to the racial tension and injustice; “it starts in the home”. You can’t go out in one day and change everything that’s unfair and fix every hard heart. But you can start by raising your children to embrace culture, love one another, and stand for what they believe in. “It starts in the home” she was telling us…how interesting that we have spent the first half of 2020 in our homes?

That’s too real.

The next part of the song is “In the soil, I now surrender. You are breaking new ground.” Now remember, I was journaling about this song about two weeks ago, but back in the beginning of May, I watched a Steven Furtick sermon called Focus on the Fruit and I wrote down something he said that I loved: “Something is happening in the soil.” Something is happening in the soil. If you don’t believe that something is happening in the soil right now, then I hope you come to believe that.

This kind of goes back to what our worship pastor was saying about healing starting in the home. Are you surrendering to His plans even before you know them or do you need to wait for more evidence that He’s going to work everything out? We are all still in the soil on something–whether its a career you’ve just started, a baby on the way, the very beginning of your faith, or maybe you are just first starting to think for yourself and educate yourself on the current state of our country in regards to racial injustice. Whatever seed has just been planted in the soil of your heart, you have the responsibility of choosing whether or not you are going to surrender to God’s plan for it or try to make sense of it all on your own.

The next lyric is: “You are breaking new ground.” When you think about the process of planting a seed, you expect that you are going to have to “break” the ground in a sense. It’s not always as pretty at first glance in the beginning phases as it will be in the end, but we have to remember that no beautiful plant can grow without first breaking the soil and digging deep. Sometimes, the top crust of dirt around our heart’s garden might have to be broken up in order to get to the dark, soft soil inside. The point being that the actual planting of the seed is not always easy for us. When you hear the word “break” and then think of it being done to you, that does not exactly sound like a walk in the park. To use an example that is very pertinent: for God to plant the seed of empathy and righteous anger in us, we might have to admit we were wrong about some things, that we didn’t know everything we should have, and we might have to start listening instead of speculating and talking over others. But just because the beginning parts of the process are tough does not mean we should give up! It might take weeks before we see the top of the plant coming out of the ground and it might take years for us to flower, but we know it’s all in His timing.

The pre-chorus goes like this: “So I yield to You and to Your careful Hand. When I trust You, I don’t need to understand.” If we were all able to say that to God, would it affect how we processed things and how we felt emotionally every day? If you were able to let God know that you didn’t have to understand in the moment, what would change? Would your level of exhaustion go down? Would your irritability be calmed? Would you be able to see things from another person’s viewpoint again?

In Elevation worship’s recent song “Authority”, Jon Barrientes sings: “One word from You, things change on Your authority.” And its just that concept that if God spoke one word–one single word–He could change anything He wanted to. What we couldn’t do in 1,000 angry comments on posts we don’t agree with, God could do in one word.

So cry out to Him and ask Him to bring justice. Another worship song has these words: “So come. Move. Let justice roll on like a river. Let worship turn into revival.” It’s that heart cry that you don’t have to be ashamed to have. You want justice and revival? Get on your knees and ask for it from the only One who can give it in whole.

Lastly, lets look at what the bridge of New Wine says: “Where there is new wine, there is new power. There is new freedom. And the kingdom is here. I lay down my old flames to carry Your new fire today.”

I saw a quote that said something like this: “Don’t settle for less just because you are too impatient to wait for what’s better.” A lot of new things have been happening this year and I encourage you to ride the train. Let God revamp your life in this season so that you will be ready for more. A church member spoke at our outdoor church service yesterday and he told us that God uses adversity. So take his words into consideration and let God make you new! Because “where there is new wine, there is new power, there is new freedom, and the kingdom is here”.

He has such a new dimension of life many of us have never known because it usually takes something drastic for us to make a change. Or maybe you’ve never lived with new power and freedom just because you’ve never known about it. But the more time you give God, the more chances you give Him to blow you away and speak words to you that you might not have even known you wanted to hear. Keep giving God chances because He will not let you down–He has been so faithful to me and when I consistently choose Him and spend time with Him, He makes me a stronger, more whole person.

I hope after reading this, you are able to admit that maybe you have felt as crushed and pressed as grapes but now you can feel excited knowing that those crushed grapes are soon to become new wine. And I hope you see that word ‘new’ with all the potential it holds–that new in Christ means new freedom and new power and the kingdom within Your heart. What couldn’t you face with that?

And don’t forget to listen to “New Wine” by Hillsong Worship!

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