Songs Of The People

Michael Neale

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Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Psalm 96:1-6

The Lord loves to do new things. His mercies are new every morning. He makes us new creations. He will one day come again and make all things new. It is an overflow of his beauty, majesty, glory and genius.

And so it would make sense that he would command us to, “Sing new songs.” As though to say, “What I did yesterday is great and all, but I am doing something new in your midst today. So be encouraged by the past and build on its foundation, but I am doing plenty of new things for you to declare today. So get to singing!”

Singing is an expression of our deepest being because songs take words to new heights and depths of emotion. Songs help us to not just think the truth, but feel the truth - to connect the truth to our hearts and seal it to our souls. And so we tend to mark the seasons of our lives with the soundtracks of those seasons.

So why not mark the seasons of our lives with the glory of God in worship through song? Let God’s church stand and sing to remind ourselves that our God is greater than all the idols of this world that would simply rob us of joy and satisfaction. Let a song echo from the valley to the sky to declare the marvelous works of God so that we don’t easily forget when the storms come. Let the lost hear the words of the Gospel shouted so loudly that it cuts through the darkness and draws them to the truth that Jesus saves.

Don’t just let life happen to you today. Get out in front of it with worship and adoration, with thanksgiving and praise. Sing to the Lord a new song and watch what he does.

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