“God Gave the Song”

I have been reading and meditating in the Book of Psalms for awhile now.  Now I’m sure you are familiar with several; maybe even committed The 23rd Psalm to memory.  But I haven’t heard from the pulpit with much in-depth teaching.  I’ve wondered why not?  Maybe it’s because of the dynamic nature–they’ve got all the ups and downs of life–the nitty-gritty.   But then, I’m just guessing.

The Singer–

My wife’s most favorite book in our library is The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller–the mystic retelling of the Story of the New Testament.  Let me quote exerts from Chapter 1, page 14:

“You, too, are higher than the earth!  You sang the higher music once, before the oceans ever crashed their craggy coasts…Earthmaker, tell me if I have the right to sing…”  But then his final word trailed off into the gales.  The gull screamed,  “No,” he thought, “only Earthmaker is everlasting.  His alone must be the theme from which sprung the world I stand upon.”  And so he only loved but never sang the song.”

[Page 15]

“And the song which dogged his aching steps and begged him pleadingly to sing it was completely unfamiliar.  Only stars and mountains knew it.  But they were old.  And man was new, and chained to simple, useless rhymes; thus he could not understand the majesty…But daily now it played upon his heart and swept his soul, until joy exploded his awareness–crying near the edge of sanity,  “Sing…sing…SING!”

A Psalm Sung In 4-Part Harmony.

OUR WORSHIP SONGS–

Sometimes, and I mean sometimes, our worship songs seem a bit to homogenized–nicefied.  

The Psalms Are the Hebrew Hymnal

The words are so raw–dynamic–life & death–the kind of thing we need to hear more of in these turbulent times.  There is so much CHANGE in the air–so much uncertainty.  And in the midst…in the valleys, the Psalmist begins to lead our PRAISES.

Psalm 96–Teaches Us A NEW SONG!

A NEW SONG On A Old Piano
A NEW SONG On A Old Piano

VERSE I:  “O SING to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, ALL THE EARTH!”

I think as we grow older (I’m 72 yrs. old), some of us don’t really like anything new–let alone MUSIC.  What happened to The Eagles, the Bee Gees, The Imperials, The Florida Boys…I could really dig that kind of music.  I knew the tune, the lyrics, the applications to my state-of-being…those were the good old days.

But have you listened to the new stuff on the radio lately?  Even on the local station PRAISE 106.5, I have to turn a deaf ear at times.  A NEW SONG! Blah h…  The new music of the day brings out the curmudgeon in me–the bellyacher–the whiner!  I begin to nitpick, and my wife will whisper in my ear, “You’re ruining my praise.”  It sometimes amazes me how the Holy Spirit can use our spouses to get His point across.

We’re really not different today from the Hebrews of old…

The Hebrews were set in their ways and patterns of life that made things a whole lot easier; they didn’t have to sing a NEW SONG–to change.  It’s easy being in a spiritual rut.  So, to all of us nostalgic people…it’s “time to sing a new song.”

“Okay, okay…if I’ve got to learn a new song–at least you should give us the music!”

And that’s exactly what Psalm 96 is about–teaching people to sing a NEW and different SONG.

A Psalm Sung in 4-Part Harmony:

My life has been involved with MUSIC since I was 4 years old.  I’ve sung in school choirs, church choirs, and a men’s gospel trio in Southern California from 1976 to 1980.  And my enjoyment in singing has been the HARMONY that the music has provided.  So much so, that I tend to forget the MELODY line–once a First Tenor, always a First Tenor!  In saying, I still need to be attentive to the melody line, or I’ll get lost!

As Christians, We ALL Have a part to sing…

When you start looking closely at the words, meditating on the Psalm, you realize that it’s full of four-part harmony–four parts, all of which we’re singing–at once.  But as Calvin Miller would say, “the Earthmaker is always singing the melody line–we join in harmony.”

The New Song Becomes Global…

It is a SONG you can’t miss, and as I discovered, maybe this is the MELODY.

Vs. 1:  “…sing to the Lord all the earth!”

Vs. 3:  “Declare His glory among the nations.”

Vs. 7:  “O you families of the peoples…”

Vs. 9:  “…tremble before and reverently fear Him, all the earth.  (10) Say among the nations that the Lord reigns.”

This IS World Music–

The OLD SONG is insulated; operates on the assumption that it all revolves around me and my issues.  A lot of “I” in the old song.

The NEW SONG becomes Global; it isn’t one that can or should be confined to church walls, or a single group of people.  It should challenge us and look beyond our own needs–our families–our own church–our own people–our own country.  It challenges us to look out and see the Big Picture, the world.

“I’d like to teach the world to sing in harmony…”

Do you have any friends or connections (real connections) with people outside of your circle?

The First Part to learn in harmony: Acts 1:8 describes the NEW SONG as a GLOBAL SONG.

Most of us probably know the tune, but do we hear the harmony?

“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might!) when the Holy spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.”

Secondly, the Song to Learn is About the Wonder of it All!

I used to love to hear a song sung at almost every Billy Graham Crusade I ever attended.  It was written and sung by the late George Beverly Shea: The Wonder Of It All!

Psalm 96:2 —  “Sing to the Lord, bless (affectionately praise) His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.”

Psalm 96:6 —  “Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”

The NEW SONG is a WORSHIP SONG:

The New Song refocuses our lives so that they are responding to…WHO GOD IS! – “awesome”–and what He does!

God SAVES!

“His SALVATION is day to day”  (verse 2).

I find it easy sometimes to get sidetracked to start singing our own songs–or at least songs that are about ourselves.  We like to sing about ourselves–our issues–our struggles–our loves–and perhaps that’s okay–to some degree.  My wife once pointed out how she often changes the “we’s” & “our’s” to “I’.  Instead “we Love you Lord”, to “I love you Lord.”  And I think that’s a great idea to make worship songs more personal.

BUT, there’s a NEW SONG out there waiting to be sung–not about you and I but about the glory of GOD!

Thirdly, the New Song is Exclusive!

Verse 4:  For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be reverently feared and worshiped above all gods.

The Bible recognizes other spiritual beings–deities–gods–with a small “g”–deities that have been reduced to idols.  But they are important compared to the LORD who, BTW, is seen in the tag at the end of verse 5, saying “made the heavens.”

The other so-called gods of that day–and in much of our world today–attached to various forms of nature:  gods of thunder, gods of the sky, rivers, ocean, and of nature…but the Psalmist says–THE LORD MADE the heavens–all over these things.  THE LORD OVER ALL!

That now gives us direction and informs our reading of vss. 11-13:

"All the Trees Sing for Joy!"
“All the Trees Sing for Joy!”

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all things which fill it.    Let the field be exultant, and all that is in it!  Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy.    Before the Lord, for He comes, for He comes to judge and govern the earth!  He shall judge the world with righteousness and justice and the peoples with His faithfulness and truth.  (Amplified Bible)

The heavens, earth, sea, fields, and crops, the trees–all had gods associated with them in mythology–but here, they are commanded to enter into PRAISE OF THE LORD!

VERSE 11:  LET THE HEAVENS BE GAD, AND LET THE EARTH REJOICE…LET THE SEA ROAR, AND ALL THE THINGS WHICH FILL IT.

UNCONVENTIONAL SINGING–this is not the usual kind of instruments you might expect to hear in worship.  The point the psalmist makes here, is they sing to the Lord!  He alone is WORTHY…ALL of our attention, our affection and our song.  It is the HEART OF WORSHIP!

The Fourth Part of the New Song…

Any great men’s quartet that you may be acquainted with, would sound incomplete without a Tenor, Second Tenor, Baritone,  Bass.  Or in a choir–Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass.  Psalm 96 teaches us the same “singing in 4-part harmonies” principles.

The NEW SONG is based in the future JUSTICE of the Lord:

VERSE 10:  “…He shall judge and rule the people righteously and with justice.”  [Refer to Revelation 11:15; 19:6.]

VERSES 12 & 13:  “Let the field be exultant, and all that is in it!  Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy  [13] Before the Lord, for He comes to judge and govern the earth! He shall judge the world with righteousness and justice and the peoples with His faithfulness and truth.”  [See 1 Chronicles 16:23-33; Rev. 19:11.]

So much of what we sing today is grounded in the past–we certainly don’t want to forget the past–but it shouldn’t define who we are.  As frustrating as life gets, as much as the unfairness can eat at us, there is a day JUDGEMENT is on the way.  And so the notes and the lyrics of the NEW SONG we sing should be drawn from that future day.

What if you could see the future?

On August 19th, 2004, Google’s initial public stock offering were at the price of $85/share.  March 7th, 2014, the NASDAQ listed Google’s shares at $1213/share + or -.

If you could have only known this ahead, you might have rearranged your life–re-prioritized your spending habits so you could invest in the future–with Google.

That’s what the psalmist is doing with his NEW SONG.  He sees the future and is saying, the TUNE is getting really old–stale.  But, it doesn’t matter because…I’m singing a NEW SONG anyway!

The Day of Judgement in Psalm 96 Isn’t So Much A Threat…

It is not so much a threat as it is a PROMISE.

We can REJOICE…

We can live JOYFULLY….

We know the Lord’s FAIRNESS and TRUTH ultimately WINS OUT!

“AMUSIA” becomes part of the problem…why we’re not singing in harmony.

According to a Harvard Health Publication from the Harvard Medical School, September 2007, explains in detail, the explanation behind AMUSIA:

Do people cringe when you sing?  You’ve got company.  But researchers have found that only 1 in 20 people truly have AMUSIA, the technical term for TONE DEAFNESS.  Test have shown that some people with bad singing voices hear music just fine.  Amusics, a smaller group have a perceptual problem and can’t pick out differences in pitch or follow the simplest tune.  The Harvard Health Letter goes on to say, the white matter of the brain in Amusics was thinner, which suggests a weaker connection.  Moreover, the worse TONE DEAFNESS, the thinner the white matter.

We are all hopelessly “Tone Deaf” [Bradly Boydston–“Learning A New Song”]

But the GOOD NEWS IS…the Singer has come into the world and started a new song again–we just have to join in with Him–follow His lead. He has given each one of us an invitation to join in commitment to the Singer and His New Song.

GOD GAVE THE SONG TO US ALL! 

Several years ago, Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote a song that many well-known singers (Sandy Patty to name one) and choirs have been introduced to.  I sang this song in choirs on several different occasions in the 70’s, and got goose pimples each time I heard the music and the words.

NARRATION:  Yes, God gave the song.  It’s always been with us.  The song came into our world through a manger in Bethlehem.  It was a simple song–a simple lovely song for every man.  Right from the first, some tried to ignore it.  They said, “There’s no song!  It simply doesn’t exist.”  Others tried to change the tune.  They made laws to stop it.  Armies marched against it.  They killed some who sang the song.  They screamed at it in furry; they tried to drown it out.  Finally, they nailed that song to a tree.  They said to themselves, “There…that should take care of that.”  But it didn’t.

What’s that I hear, I still hear the music.

Day after day, that song goes on. For once you know that source of music,

You’ll always hear it, GOD GAVE THE SONG.

Keep On, Going On to the Well

WELLS OF LIFE

TEXT:  ISAIAH 12:1-6 AMP:

[1]  AND IN that day you will say, I will give thanks to You, O Lord; for though You were angry with me, Your anger has turned away, and You comfort me.    [2]  Behold, God, my salvation!  I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation. [3]  Therefore with JOY will I draw water from the WELLS OF SALVATION. [4]  And in that day you will say, Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name [in solemn entreaty]; declare and make known His deeds among the peoples of the earth, proclaim that His name is exalted! [5]  Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent things [gloriously]; let this be made known to all the earth. [6]  Cry aloud and shout joyfully, you women and inhabitants of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

LIVING WATER FROM THE WELL:

(John 4:10-14 AMP ):

[10]  Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God’s gift and Who this is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you LIVING WATER. [11]  She said to Him, Sir, You having nothing to draw with [no drawing bucket] and THE WELL IS DEEP; how then can You provide LIVING WATER? [Where do You get Your living water?]. [12]  Are you greater than and superior to our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also? [13]  Jesus answered her, All who drink of THIS WATER will be thirsty again. [14]  But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall NEVER, NO NEVER, BE THIRSTY ANY MORE.  But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling)  [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.

DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLS:

We often take for granted the availability of water when we are thirsty and it is relatively easy for us to take care of our thirst.  We go to the sink and get a glass of water; to the fridge to get a glass and just like that–we have something to drink!  Even when traveling around, going into stores, we can buy water if we’re thirsty.

My purpose is for drawing your attention to THE THIRST that we all have.

I am sure that if in the place where we live, the neighborhoods we find ourselves in, drawing water from a well into 5-gallon plastic containers probably isn’t something most of us would look forward to doing once or twice a day.  But in some areas of the world, it is an everyday occurrence [photo courtesy of Mercy-USA for Aid and Development showing water gathering at a well in Mogadishu].  I want to direct you to how the Lord quenches that thirst and to examine the JOY of God’s Word brings refreshment to our lives.

The Lord Gives Us the Water of Life Without Cost:

One lesson that we should all know as Christians is that God sent His Son to be our Savior.  Even Mosses lifted up the snake in the wilderness so people could be saved.

To this SALVATION the Lord Jesus invites us with His personal invitation:

And let everyone come who is thirsty [who painfully conscious

of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported

and strengthened];

and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate,

and drink the water of Life without cost.

(REVELATION 22:17 AMPLIFIED Bible)

When our soul is parched and dry, it will… [not maybe], be refreshed by God’s LIVING WATER.

“JOY” Found Deep In The Well (Isaiah 12:3):

Isaiah, right in the middle of the referenced Bible verse says,  “with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation.”  That verse in Isaiah 12, becomes our theme for this Blog.

DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLS OF SALVATION–

1.  Constantly.

2.  Thankfully.

CONSTANTLY–

You have probably noticed in your reading of The Book of Isaiah in the past and already know how happy Isaiah was.  He could hardly contain himself!

Why was he so Happy?  If you glance back for a moment at Chapter 11, Isaiah talks to the people about the Savior.  He says the Redeemer (the Messiah) is going to come.  Isaiah describes all the things that His people will benefit from and after listing all those things in Chapter 11, we pick it up in Chapter 12, verse one:

“AND IN that day you will say, I will give thanks to You, O Lord”

And then he tells the people why:

“…for though You were angry with me, (referring to the Lord)…Your anger has turned away, and You comfort me.”

Grumbling and Complaining About ‘STUFF’.

The children of Israel had seen and experienced God’s anger; they kept on sinning; turning against Him and then finally turning back:

–The snakes came and after….they were grumbling and complaining.

–They were grumbling and complaining after God had delivered them from slavery from their Egyptian employers.

–They were grumbling and complaining while God gave them food to eat…every day!

Here Isaiah says the Lord WAS ANGRY but the anger of God had been turned away and the people are now comforted and they have forgiveness:

“Behold, God, my salvation!  I will trust and not be afraid”  (verse 2).

I have found myself like the children of Israel wandering through the desert with grumbling and complaining.  I almost seem to enjoy telling the world how miserable I am.  It somehow seems more self-satisfying than quote from memory: “Behold, God, my salvation!  I will trust and not be afraid.”

Isaiah goes on to say from there…

“Lord God is my strength and song; Yes, He has become my salvation.

The people in Isaiah’s time were beginning to see here hopefully, (as we are too) his reference to the Lord as SALVATION; where they will be able to draw their strength, where the time of rejoicing and joy is going to come from.  It is where they are going to find the DEEP WELL.

Isaiah wants the people to come back repeatedly to the WELL OF SALVATION to find Him, their salvation, to see Him in their  forgiveness.

We might ask ourselves, ‘Where do we find joy in life?  What do we find satisfaction in this world around us?’  Sometimes we find JOY and SATISFACTION in OUR FAMILY, OUR FRIENDS, OUR WORK.  This is just part of God’s JOY isn’t it…a part of a satisfaction that the Lord wants to give to us?

Deuteronomy tells us:  Deut. 17:19 ~…And he shall keep it (God’s Word) with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life…” 

He says that the WORD be a part of our everyday life because then, we are going to find the JOY in our salvation where we will find the true JOY for our living.

The CHILDREN of ISRAEL’S Example for the rest of us to take note:

Yes, the Lord gets angry with us; we sin by missing the mark in our daily lives.  But then His anger is turned away and He comforts us instead with His forgiveness.  What JOY is ours!  Then we agree the Lord becomes our strength in our JOY.

IT TAKES PRACTICE AND TIME TO GO TO THE WELL–The WELL of His Word in finding the JOY:

The Psalm writer reminds us in Psalm 36:8, 9:

[8] They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of your pleasures.  [9] For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.”

The writer of the Psalm not only talks about the water of life, the fountain of life, but he talks about LIGHT.

God’s Encouragement:

Today, God encourages us to draw from the well of Salvation…turning to the Lord and His Word to find in it our JOY and satisfaction.  If I am sounding a bit repetitive…it’s for a reason.

One description that Peter gives to us in 1 Peter 2:2, 3:

Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation.  Since you have [already] tasted the goodness and kindness of the Lord.

Tasting that the Lord is good:

A lot of believers have already got a taste that He gives us with heaven instead of hell; gives us forgiveness instead of punishment.  And because of that taste, we should desire and crave to learn more about the Lord.  We want to draw water from the wells of salvation and when we do this constantly, we do it in thanksgiving.

The writer of Hebrews speaks of the “tasting” this way:

[4] For it is impossible [to restore and bring again to repentance] those who have been once for all enlightened, who have consciously tasted the heavenly gift and have become sharers of the Holy Spirit,  [5] And have felt how good the Word of God is and the mighty powers of the age and world to come. ~ Hebrews 6:4, 5 AMP.

BEING THANKFUL– (Isaiah 12:3, 4):

Being thankful is how Isaiah continues on in verse 3:  “Therefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation.”

It probably sounded pretty strange to the children of Israel when they first heard Isaiah’s words.  Getting water was quite a task.  Not only did they have to dig the well, they had to go to the well daily; draw the water out of the well, put the water in jugs, and then carry the containers back to the house.  And I fuss when we have to drive in a car one mile into town, walk 20-feet into a filtered-water supply store,  fill up three 3-gallon plastic containers, and drive back home every two weeks or so?

In Biblical times, sometimes the well was outside the city gates where women would have to travel out there day in and day out.  Hopefully, once a day, sometimes twice a day, no matter if the weather was cold or hot; quiet or windy, every day!  They didn’t find much JOY there.

Now the Lord says to them ‘with joy will you do that?’  Isaiah refers not just to earthly water, but water from the wells of salvation:

(verse 4)  “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name.”

When the people see and understand the Lord’s deliverance, they will thank Him.  More than that, others around them will see and thank the Lord.

He says, ‘make known His deeds among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.’  He goes on saying,

(verse 5)  “Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent things;

let this be made known to all the nations.” 

Again, time and again, the children of Israel saw glorious things the Lord had done.  Despite their grumbling and complaining God had provided manna every day.  They had enough to eat so they didn’t have to worry about planting and harvesting, just gathering and eating.  Because of that, they could say to the LORD, they could give thanks to Him.

Isaiah sums it all up in the last verse by saying,

[6] “Cry aloud and shout joyfully, you women and inhabitants of Zion,

for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

–GOD WAS WITH THEM,

–HE WAS IN THEIR MIDST,

–HE HAD NOT  FORSAKEN THEM,

–HE WOULD NOT FORSAKE THEM.

The LORD’S REMINDER FOR US TODAY:

–He is among us.

–He is in our midst.

–everyday.

Today we don’t see Him in a pillar of smoke or in a cloud of fire at night.  But we do see Him in the day-to-day blessings that He provides for each one of us.

We see Him in His Word which is the well of our salvation.  The LORD says, ‘don’t be far from God’s Word and you won’t be far from God Himself.’

In Colossians we read:  “Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts”  (Colossians 3:16 AMP).

Turning back now to the Old Testament and reading the words of the prophet Jeremiah:

“Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord of hosts”  (Jeremiah 15:16).

As we keep on going on to the well to draw water we realize that the refreshing Word of God becomes our joy and our delight.

“But I Don’t Feel Like Crying out and Shouting for Joy.”

Cry aloud and shout joyfully, you women and inhabitants of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel”  (Isa. 12:6).

Although “feelings” are a part of who we are…Jesus had feelings and showed them in the Bible.  But when FEELINGS are in control of your spirit, a stronghold can be established.  “We don’t cry out and shout in the Baptist church,” or “Shouting and crying are only done in the Pentecostal churches.”  If those are your “feelings”, then you need to “keep on, going on to the well.”  Your throats must be parched and thirsty!

To “Cry Aloud and Shout for Joy”-

TO CRY OUT:

This word is usually applied in Scripture to the neighing of a horse (Jeremiah 5:8; 8:16).  But it is also used to express JOY, pleasing exultation by a “clear and loud sound of the voice (Isaiah 10:30; 14:14; 54:1).

Also to “cry out” is synonymous with numerous passages in Psalms:  Psalm 47:1; 148:1-4; 149:1-9; where people are called on to exult and shout, to make noise as an expression of their JOY!

The Shouting Side Is The Winning Side!

Football games in America, Soccer in other parts of the world, fans recognize the side that has the upper hand through the surrounding atmosphere.  The side that is doing well has the exuberant supporters; jumping up and down, shouting until they lose their voices, even dancing and singing!

The other side–that’s another story: glum expressions, dim faces and not likely to be dancing.  They could sing, but their songs would most likely be asking for God’s intervention.  I don’t know about you, but since I’m a child of the King and accept what He did for me on the Cross of Salvation by His blood, I’ll never be on the loosing side again!  I’m a winner!!  Do I hear a SHOUT?

“But I’m Too Conservative, Shy to Cry Out and Shout For Joy.”

If that is what you’re thinking, then you need a NEW EXPERIENCE; perhaps another visit to the well of salvation.

EXPERIENCE PRAISE AT THE WELL:

O SING to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have wrought salvation for Him.  The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness has He openly shown in the sight of nations.  He has [earnestly] remembered His mercy and loving kindness, His truth and His faithfulness toward the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have witnessed the salvation of our God.  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy, yeas, sing praise ~ Psalm 98:1-4.

EXPERIENCE HIS PRESENCE AT THE WELL:

“…I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age” ~ Matt. 28:20 AMP.

“Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they will comfort me” ~ Psalm 23:4 AMP.

Are you saved?

Can you sing this song, God is my salvation?  If your answer is yes, it’s time to go to the well once more!