“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.” (Psalm 96:1)
A new song? How could anything be new to God? Our Creator’s existence and hand lies outside our understanding of time.
Yet, numerous scriptural references exhort us to “sing a new song.”
Ancient connections bring about security. There is something liturgical about repeating words spoken by those with whom we share spiritual DNA. Theology is breathed in as we sing of the same truth embraced by brothers and sisters long ago. It’s a medium by which our collective story is shared; both within and outside of the Christian community.
So, why new?
“He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and hear and trust in their Lord.” Psalm 40:2-3.
Singing a new song bears witness to intersection of Divinity and humanity. How many times were the Israelites reminded that God’s movement in their lives pointed others to Him?
Singing a new song adds our story to the bigger narrative of God’s people. A narrative of our God who is Creator of the Universe yet knows the number of hairs on our heads. A narrative which speaks of God’s unwavering passion to breathe life into us no matter the depth of our betrayal. A narrative not limited by any set of circumstances or bound by time.
When we sing a new song, we live into God’s words to his children of many generations:
“Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19)
What new song springs forth from your tongue today?
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