Now we are going to sing the tenth song. When we sing these songs we should not be thinking about who is singing the song or are we singing the song just because we know the song. But we should be singing because we have experienced a complete spiritual surrenderance in our life. I believe only then will these songs have served their true purpose. If we look at the Bible,till the book of Exodus chapter 15 there’s no mention of the word “song” but after they crossed the Red Sea Miriam along with her friends took timbrels and started singing songs. What was that song all about? They sang a song of deliverance. Only people who have experienced deliverance should be singing this song.I think only those people will be able to find the true essence of the song. When we come to the second part,in Psalms 40 we can see David singing the song of deliverance. “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God”- here David is singing a deliverance song. That’s why whenever we sing we should keep in mind that we are not singing in vain but while we are singing we are seated among those who have attained salvation and we should be experiencing salvation while we are singing. Likewise,I desire that our singers should sing the song of deliverance the way David sang “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God”. Thirdly, we witness eternal hope in this song. This song is not just about deliverance and salvation but also about eternal hope.In the book of Revelation we see the lion and the lamb singing together a new song unto the Lord. We can clearly witness the beauty of that song in the book of Revelation. That’s why when we finish singing our song over here it doesn’t get over but rather our song reaches the heavens in the presence of the lamb of God. Thats why my beloved, when you get together as a choir you must be a community that has obtained salvation, deliverance and is looking forward to eternal hope. This is what we must strive for with our singing. Therefore, I want to thank the Yuvajana Sakhyam for choosing me and giving me this opportunity. Above all I must thank my Lord for giving me the strength to continue singing and praising at this advanced age. This is not because of my own abilities but because of the Grace from above received through prayer which has given me the words that I used in my songs and continue to present to you. These songs do not end here. They will continue with us to our journey to Heaven where we will have the opportunity to continue singing them before the Lamb of God. I hope that this experience of Hope in Eternity will touch every member of the Yuvajana Sakhyam. Please continue to pray for me as well. I have reached the age of 82 and even at this age you have given me some time to share my experiences and I thank you for this opportunity.
So lets together the song, Parama Guruvaranam. This is a song that was written on the insistence of PP Philip Achen as a third song to accompany two other songs – “Prarthanakku tharam Nalkunnone” and “Daivame Thriyekane”. Therefore as you sing this song to our “Parama Guru”, my request is that it be because of the experience of the Salvation from our Lord. With this I would like to end my words. Let us all stand together as we sing this song as our prayer.
Lyrics & Music: P. D. John
Singers: San Ramon and Central Valley Area