Today’s Reading: Psalm 33, 96, 98, 144 and 149
Sing a new song of praise to him…and sing with joy (Psalm 33:3).
Today is a new day. This is a new week. It’s not just any other Tuesday morning. It’s a new day with new opportunities and a fresh chance to experience God in a new way! It is not just a day to be relieved the week is almost half over. It is a special day with a unique purpose woven into God’s greater plan.
Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves…Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! (Psalm 96:1-2,4a).
Winter Jam is coming to our community at the end of this month – an annual tradition for our family! I enjoy the opportunity to hear some of my favorite Christian artists, as well as hear new songs and be introduced to new artist. It is wonderful to be surrounded by thousands of people lifting up their voices in praise to God, raising up their hands in surrender to their King.
Last year, Newsboys played one of their new songs and I love the lyrics! “I wanna live with abandon. Give you all that I am. Every part of my heart Jesus I place in your hands. I wanna live with abandon.” There were songs of struggle like this one from Plumb: “How many times have you heard me cry out ‘God please take this’? How many times have you given me strength to just keep breathing? Oh I need you. God I need you now.” And there were songs of praise like this one from Colton Dixon: “You are the song, you are the song I’m singing. You are the air, you are the air I’m breathing. You are the hope, you are the hope I’m needing. Whoa. You are.”
I love the songs of salvation where we share about that point of change in our life. What song do you sing because of the place God has saved you from and the wondrous place to which He has brought you? God wants us to continue to sing his praise about the salvation we have experienced. He wants us to share our salvation experience so that others can see that our God saves!
Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! …Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! (Psalm 98:1,4)
Sing a song of praise today for all of the wonderful things God has done in your life since you gave your heart to Him. From what has he delivered you? In what ways has he made a difference in your life? How has he shown Himself to you and in what ways has He been faithful?
I will sing a new song to you, O God!…Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord (Psalm 144:9a,15).
Let’s sing a song of joy to the Lord today. My prayer is that all those around us today will sense that we have been in the presence of God by the joy that we show. If God has saved us, if God has delivered us, if God has healed us, if God has done wonderful things in our life, let our joy be evident!
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praise in the assembly of the faithful…Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds. Let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a sharp sword in their hands… (Psalm 149:1,5-6).
If you were going to write a song today, what would the lyrics be? Perhaps that is what God is calling you to do today – to write a song or a poem or a love note to Him. What does your new song say?
Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing his praises from the ends of the earth!…Let the people of Sela sing for joy; shout praises from the mountaintops! Let the whole world glorify the Lord; let it sing his praise (Isaiah 42:10,11b-12).
Sing a NEW song! What is God doing in your life now – today? What is your most recent story of God’s faithfulness? It is great when we can tell the stories of the wonderful things God has done in our life but how wonderful to share a new and fresh song of what God is DOING.
What will God do today? I eagerly anticipate to hear from God today or to see Him in action – to feel His presence and be filled with His Spirit. What NEW song will God give me today? Will it be a song of praise or a song of salvation, a song of struggle or a song of commitment? I sit in expectation as I wait for the show to begin.