Sing a New Song
Sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD! Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. (Psalms 96:1-2 NLT)
Psalm 96 call us to sing a new song to The Lord. But what does that mean? Does that mean we are to always buy the latest worship album, learn the chords and sing the new tunes? That would make this command about the latest Christian worship album and not about God. I’m sure the Christian music artist is happy with that interpretation. But there’s much more here.
The context of this Psalm is the moment the Ark of God finally entered it’s resting place in Jerusalem from the house of Obed Edom. This is the famous incident in which David disrobes in front of a disapproving wife in wild celebration that Gods presence was coming to the city.
David penned these words in response to the NEW THING God was doing. David instructs us to sing a new song when God does something new! This makes our worship what it is supposed to be about… GOD and His rule and reign.
O nations of the world, recognize the LORD; recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. Give to the LORD the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts. (Psalms 96:7-8 NLT)
The Ark coming to Jerusalem was a foretaste of God’s reign coming to the Earth. Of course the true Ark Jesus came to Jerusalem to a new song and palm trees being waved. Finally in Revelation 5, when the Lamb takes the scroll and begins to rule, the people from every nation sing a new song again! Why? Because Gods reign was becoming more real with every new occasion for Joy among His people.
We sing a new song for every new sign of the reign of God, that’s what this Psalm is calling us to do. Remember that Jesus told us all heaven rejoices when one sinner repents. Why? Because the reign of God is becoming more certain by the soul!
Sometimes we look at our lives and wonder what’s new? What’s really there to sing about? But here’s the truth: God is doing something new. He renews your mind by the Word. He makes all things new in creation through redemption. He renews your youth like the Eagles. He saves the lost and lonely.
Because of the new thing God is doing we always have reason to sing.
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