“Sampling” in the music industry is taking a portion of a sound recording and reusing it as an “instrument” in another song. Hip Hop music was based around this art, then largely done by DJs, now done mostly by computer programs. Albeit, legally and even artistically, sampling is considered controversial by some, especially, when you sample without giving credit and royalties where it is due, it remains in use. At its best, it pays tribute to the past by incorporating new beats into the original rhythms that got everything started.
So it seems that DJs and the people of God have something in common: we dip often into the well of the best songs pieces.
Christianity has a really good track record of doing some sampling. Jesus stood up in the synagogue to read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” He concluded by saying, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
He sampled the words that his community had been hearing for generations and remixed it by including himself into the song--he was the culmination of past and new beats. New rhythms were playing in the well-known chords of a song as told in C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew that Aslan the lion first sung, creating the land of Narnia, the world as we know it. This song continues to be sung today each time we read, study, and hear the scriptures of the Old and New Testament.
The Holy Spirit binds these holy words into our hearts, blending it with the ordinary and extraordinary happenings in our day, making a new beat in that old, old song so it reverberates in our ears, so that we reach again and can’t wait to hit repeat.