Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, And his praise in the congregation of saints (Psalm 149:1, KJV)
When we sing, we touch a part of God’s heart that only music can. The psalmist urges us to not only sing unto the Lord but to sing a new song.
Songs play a pivotal role in praising God. The scriptures reveal various ways God’s people can praise Him: singing, talking of His wonderful works, dancing, making a joyful noise, or just living out His glorious virtues, as seen in the New Testament. Each of these forms of praise expression is important and has its place. Singing, however, has a particularity: it weaves spoken words with melody to express what we think or feel about the beautiful things God has done for us. And if you want to make the Father’s heart glad, praise Him with a song—add dancing, and you will probably see a smile on His face!
The Psalmist encourages us to sing a new song unto the Lord. This new song is not necessarily the latest release from our favorite worship artists or the trending praise song of the month. This new song is not humanly created. Instead, it is heaven’s sound for the moment and the occasion. The Spirit has melodies for every day for all eternity in our hearts if we will tune to Him. He has a new sound, a new song, and a new melody.
Singing a new song does not imply that old songs are worthless. Quite the contrary: the Spirit might well bring an old tune into our heart for the moment. Nevertheless, He wants us to be aware that millions of untapped melodies are in our hearts; we should not hesitate to step out of the boat of prepackaged song lists and walk on the new sound He puts in our hearts.
Sing unto the Lord, and as you do, sing a new song when He puts one in your heart!
Why did God create us with an innate ability to make music and melody?
Apply the Word
Singing to the Lord is not about waiting to perfect your singing voice. He loves your song, even with that untrained voice, as long as it comes from your heart.
Sing unto the lord a song right now!