Happy New Year!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in The Christmas Worship Challenge! I hope you were abundantly blessed by being intentional about worship throughout the Christmas season. Just so we don’t blow a good habit that we have going, let’s Sing in the New Year with a new song. Make sure and leave a comment below, sharing your experience.
Sing a New Song?
What’s wrong with the old one? Does this mean that we need to be continually learning new songs? It can include that, but I believe that the psalmist is beckoning us toward something deeper than variety. Are we encouraged to sing new songs so that we don’t get bored with our worship? No not at all. After all, worship is for God, not for our entertainment.
I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.—Psalm 40:1-3
Singing is a significant aspect of worship and it is filled with praising God. Have you ever thought about what it means to sing a new song to God?
Worship Tip: Sing your heart out!
You can sing this song.
You can simply write the song in a journal.
You can tell it to a friend.
A Song That is Personal
In many ways our personal song to the Lord can be an intimate conversation, full and meaningful with the nuances of words, chords, rhythms, and the meditations of our hearts. Written, spoken, whispered, shouted, or sung, a new song rises from a heart touched by God. How has God worked in your heart this past year?
A Song That is Relevant
To sing a new song is to sing a song that is alive with the fresh vibrancy of today.
A new song because each moment is new and daily we have opportunity and privilege to worship God in our now. What is now is new; it is intimate and immediate.
It is real.
It is always relevant because it flows forth from the relationship we have with God now. A new song can include our response to the revelation and experience that we have with God today. God is always current, always fresh, always present.
A Song That is Intimate
In many ways our personal song to the Lord can be an intimate conversation, full and meaningful with the nuances of words, chords, rhythms, and the meditations of our hearts, intensified through our emotions.
A Song of Testimony
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.
A new song rings with the testimony of what God has done in our lives. This past year we have experienced so many blessings–so much to sing about.
A New Year’s Worship Challenge: Personalize it
Discover your new song. Personalize Psalm 40:1-3 and take one minute to write down your needs, problems, frustrations. What is your miry clay? What has bogged you down this past year? Just one minute.
Now take another minute to write down reasons that you praise, thank, appreciate, or worship God. How has He set your feet on solid rock? Maybe you will write this after the fact–He has already acted.
Maybe you are waiting on the Lord. David often praised God while he was still waiting, praised his Redeemer in faith, believing that God will indeed place that new song in his heart. Give faith-praise to God in anticipation of what He will do in this new year.
A new song.
Such a simple, yet powerful act of worship.