Pastor is currently in the middle of a sermon series titled, “What It Means”. This week’s teaching posed the question:
What does it mean to sing a new song?
“Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalm 96:1 NIV)
The illustration was used that if we were to just say the words to Amazing Grace as opposed to singing the words, the full impact of the words would be lost. Singing, or worship, makes a connection between the head & the heart. Singing raises our awareness as to Who we are worshiping & what we believe.
Seeing as we are told to sing a new song, we must first look at, what was our “old” song?
Romans 8:20 tells us, “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from the bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
Our “old” songs tell what we were before “creation” or before coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus. After conversion we sing a new song.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).
Notice that there is an exclamation point in our Scriptures. Yes, God does use them & calls us to exclamation point living – that of full expression of enthusiasm.
“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.” (Isaiah 42:10).
From the above verse we see that new songs are not limited to just humans. All of God’s creation sings a song. In thinking back on this sermon, this morning I was reminded of two quotes I had saved:
Worship –> Worth-ship. the acknowledgement of the worth that is our God.
Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth.
So start singing!!!!
*** You can hear the sermon in its entirety here .