Sing a New Song this Sunday
“Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.” – Psalm 149:1
With our Pastor’s concurrence, I pick the music for our blended worship services. Sometimes I take this task for granted.
I once shared a comment from our Pastor with a friend of mine. In this particular comment, my Pastor mentioned that he particularly liked a contemporary song and that he in fact wanted to add it to his list of contemporary favorites. My friend replied that I was giving my congregation new and fresh ways to praise their savior and that this was an incredible privilege. He is right.
This is what singer/songwriter Michael Card says on the subject of new songs:
“To sing new words that have never been sung just this way before, to play combinations of notes that have never been heard, to wonder whether they will have the desired effect on the listener, whether people or God – the sharing of the new song is an experience unlike any other.
In the wisdom writings of the Old Testament (Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) we see excitement about the singing of a new song. The simple act of writing and singing something new demonstrates that the truth contained in the Scriptures can now be placed in the heart of the community as they sing together the truth of who God is. By singing the new song, they have made this truth their own. “
– Michael Card
I think that we miss something as worshippers if we only recycle the same old songs. The next time that you sing with your fellow believers, imagine how the songs sounded to those who heard them for the first time. Notice how it affects your perception of the songs.
Psalm 33:3 Sing to him a new song;play skillfully, and shout for joy.
Psalm 40:3a He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Psalm 96:1 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
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,
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.
Revelation 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.
Revelation 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.
He wants us to use a New song. A song that is Copyright 2012. Could it be that God wants us worshipers, and particularly us musicians, to keep writing new and fresh music for and about Him?. New music must be pleasing to God.
USE IT! – Consider introducing a fresh new song to your congregation this Sunday.