O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. -Psalm 96:1-4 (KJV)
Every year singers, songwriters, and those simply following a dream write songs. Some submit them to recording studios and others try to get someone famous to take notice of their songs in the hope it will be then be used. The reality is that of all the new songs written only a small number will ever be heard. Such is the fierce competition of the music industry. The Word of God challenges us in Psalm 96 to sing unto the Lord a “new song.” This new song of which the Scripture speaks is not one we have composed. Rather, we are called to proclaim the truth of God’s grace, love, and power in a way the world around us has not considered.
The new song we sing to the Lord is one of a changed heart and a renewed mind. No longer will we surrender to the dark forces which war against our souls. Instead, we will claim the power of Christ which defeats evil and empowers us to stand firm. We will boldly proclaim how the gods of the nations cannot be compared with the One True God, for He is indeed God. The psalmist spoke forthrightly and announced how “all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens” (Psalm 96:5). The new song is placed in our hearts through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In Him we are new creations, for Christ has given us a brand new start, a clean, slate, and has made all things new (II Corinthians 5:17).
Have you noticed how even people of minimal musical ability will break forth in song when they are in a good mood and their lives are going well? Music is the outward expression of what is going on within our souls. Music known as “the blues” was written out of the anguish people have faced. However, songs of praise come from glad and grateful hearts which acknowledge the grace and power of God to save us and lead us to victory. The victory we celebrate in song is about the deliverance Jesus Christ has brought; victory over sin, death, and hell. Christ has brought victory over all which stands in the way of a blessed and abundant life in Him.
What sort of song have you been singing? Has it been a funeral dirge of woe, death, and despair? Faith in Jesus Christ empowers us and transforms our outlook to sing songs of praise, thanksgiving, and worship. Let Christ empower you today to sing the new song of His love and grace. Jesus Christ is Lord, life is waiting, joy is ours, and victory is certain.