Sing a new song!
Scripture reading for June 21st: Psalm 90-97
Psalms 95-97 are focused on the glory of God and worship! I enjoy these psalms because of their expressions of joy and rejoicing in God Himself. They call all of mankind and nature into the chorus of worship that adores God. It is helpful to our worship to explore them and make them part of our own adoration of our Father God.
Singing for joy and shouting out loud are mentioned in Psalm 95:1. God’s people are urged to bow down in worship and kneel before their maker. (Psalm 95:6) Our posture, as well as our voices, instruments, and songs, indicates humility and honor. He is the great King above all gods, creator of heaven and earth!
Psalm 96 opens with an exhortation to sing a ‘new song’ to the Lord. All other nations and peoples had gods that were idols, but Israel alone knew the one true God who was worthy of praise! (Psalm 96:8) God was so arrayed in glory and majesty that a new song would come to those who contemplated His beauty and strength! As they beheld the Lord in worship, new songs of joy and praise flow out of their hearts and burst from their lips! The old songs were not adequate to express their adoration!
The Holy Spirit’s infilling often brings a new level of worship to the believer. From the Holy Spirit comes ‘spiritual songs’ given for worship of our Lord! From the Spirit comes a new song bringing praise to the King! (Ephesians 5:18-20) At times in different corporate worship settings, I have experienced the Spirit bringing forth a ‘new song’ from the congregation that took us into the heavenly realm and put us in harmony with those worshiping around the throne!
In Psalms 96 and 97 the heavens rejoice and the earth is glad. The sea resounds and all the creatures in it give glory the Lord. The fields are jubilant and the trees sing in harmony as the Lord comes. Mountains melt like wax in His presence and the earth sees Him and trembles! All the peoples see His Glory and His people rejoice and are glad. Those worshiping idols are put to shame! For God comes to judge the earth and the peoples in righteousness and truth!
Take time today to offer heartfelt worship to the Lord! Do a self-evaluation of your readiness to see Him as Savior and Judge!