Psalms of Honesty and Truth
I grew up in a worship leading, music filled family. A piano was in our home and in the home of our aunt. I actually thought pianos were in all homes and that this was the way of life for everyone! It was almost a requirement to take piano lessons, be in all the music programs at school and, for sure, be a part of the worship music activities at our church. Our church was founded by my grandfather, not a preacher, but a “song leader” and elder. He brought his family and friends together to form a community of believers and then summoned the denominational office to send them a preacher. They did. The rest is history. Simple, uncomplicated church planting. (Smiling here). When they did a new song was sung with victory and praise for God who brought them together.
With every new command or calling, God provokes us to sing a “new song” with a new attitude of gratitude for all He has done, is doing and will do in our lives. The Psalmist is leading worship by singing a new song with the remnant who, most likely returned from Babylonian captivity. For us, there will always be more “new songs to sing” with each lesson we learn, each calling and purpose God gives us to fulfill, and with each mission He sends us to accomplish as we follow our Lord.
Yes, sing a new song for today and thank God with a million hallelujahs for saving us and leading us to higher ground, for abiding with us through it all, for teaching us and refining us to get us ready for His next best challenge. Sing a new song with a new heart and a renewed Spirit.
Psalm 96, New Living Translation
Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
4 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.
5 The gods of other nations are mere idols,
but the Lord made the heavens!
6 Honor and majesty surround him;
strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.
7 O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;
recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
8 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!
Bring your offering and come into his courts.
9 Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
Let all the earth tremble before him.
10 Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
He will judge all peoples fairly.
11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
Let the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the Lord, for he is coming!
He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
and the nations with his truth.
Reflect and write a new song for your life…
–The good news of the victory of Jesus Christ gives us something to sing about, for He is the only Savior and will save all who trust Him. (Verses 1-3)
–Our God is great! The presence of God’s glory brought the divine splendor, majesty, and strength to the people. He still brings us strength! (Verses 4-6)
–Worship, bow down, the Lord is worthy! When praising the Lord, the Jews lifted their hands and voices and looked up, but in their worship, they reverently bowed down. Only God is worthy to be praised. (Verses 7-9). We approach God only through Christ’s righteousness, but we please God when we are obedient children.
–Rejoice, the KING is coming! (Verses 10-13). Yes, Jesus is coming back to set things right as King of the world. No wonder the psalmist described the joy of heaven and earth, the seas and the dry land, and even the trees of the earth, as they welcome their Creator.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you! I’m ready to sing a new song!
In Jesus Name, Amen.