Will you be learning a new song this Sunday?

Will you be learning a new song this Sunday?

 

Last Sunday, our Pastor preached one of those sermons that stick with you through the week.  One of the things that he talked about was how some people have the ability to read through a section of scripture without becoming indifferent, and in fact can find a “nugget” to dwell on, to meditate on, to apply to their lives and to be affected by.  Personally, I find myself reading mindlessly through scripture a lot.  But every now and then, the Holy Spirit points out a “nugget” for me to consider.  So this Sunday, thanks to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, and the sermon that stuck with me from last week, we will consider a “nugget” in worship this Sunday.

 

This Sunday, after reading Ps 96 responsively, we will follow God’s command in the first line (Sing to the LORD a new song –Ps96:1) quite literally, as we learn a new congregational song called “I Will Celebrate.”  It’s not a new song per se, but to us it is.  And incidentally, the first line of this song is “I Will Celebrate, Sing unto the LORD, a new song.”

 

The great preacher, Charles Spurgeon, once said about this verse:

“Let us not present old worn out praise; but put life and soul and heart into every song.  Because we have new mercies every day, and we see new beauties in the work and word of our Lord.”

 

How important is singing a new song to God?  Just look:

 

Psalm 33:3      Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

 

Psalm 40:3:     He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

 

Psalm 98:1      Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

 

Psalm 144:9    I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,

 

Psalm 149:1    Praise the LORD.  Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

 

Isaiah 42:10    Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.

 

Rev 5:9            And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

 

Rev 14:3          And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders.  No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

 

Get the point?  The “nugget” is sing to the LORD a new song.  I’d like to think that this is one reason why our Synod is coming out with a supplement to our hymnal.  So we can have some new songs to offer to our Lord.  So here it is.  Our new song:

 

I will celebrate

Sing unto the LORD

Sing to the LORD, a new song.

 

I will celebrate

Sing unto the LORD

Sing to the LORD, a new song.

 

With my heart; rejoicing within,

With my mind; focused on Him,

With my hands; raised to the heavens,

All I am – worshipping Him.

 

Words & Music by Rita Baloche, © 1990 Maranatha! Music, CCLI# 443123

 

You can find a free lead sheet of this song at Paul & Rita Baloche’s website.  Here’s the link:

 

http://www.leadworship.com/resources/pdf/leadsheets/IWillCelebrate_LS.pdf

 

“I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.  For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.  -Ps 57:9-10


 

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