Worship the Lord with New Songs – Part 9
by Pastor Bill
Psalm 96 is known as a call to worship. In verse one, we are exhorted to sing to the Lord a new song. We are commanded to sing new songs to the Lord four times in the Psalms: 33:3, 96:1, 98:1, 149:1. Isaiah, the prophet, also told us to sing new songs to the Lord. In addition to the commands to sing new songs, we have been given examples to follow. In Psalm 40:3, David says that the Lord “put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise to our God.” In Psalm 144:9, David declares that he will sing a new song to the Lord. In Revelations 5:9, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders are singing to the Lord a new song. In Revelation 14:3, the hundred and forty thousand who had the Father’s name on their forehead sing a new song unto the Lord. We have the command to sing new songs, and we also have examples for us to follow.
Why new songs? New songs indicate freshness. They pertain to the new things that God is doing in our lives. They speak of new things that God is revealing to us. New songs keep us from being stale and using meaningless repetition in our worship. New songs bring vibrancy and newness in our fellowship and worship of the Lord.
The Scriptures do not say that the new songs have to be written or composed by each one individually. We could sing a new song that has come out of the Vineyard, Bethel, Hillsong, or other group. But, I believe that we should endeavor to personally apply the Scriptures. We should ask the Lord for new songs. And, in our personal worship times, we should be adventuresome, and just begin to sing words of praise and adoration. I have found that when I begin to sing a Scripture, the Spirit will give a melody to me. This week, as I was worshipping the Lord with my guitar, I opened up to Psalm 93. I started with verse one, and sang a new song unto the Lord. I sang it over and over, and then typed it into my computer so that I would have the chords for later use.
Another way to sing new songs is to sing in the Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 14:15, we are encouraged to sing in the Spirit (singing in tongues). Many times the Holy Spirit will birth new songs that we can then sing with our minds. In Colossians 3:16 and in Ephesians 5:19, we are told to sing spiritual songs. The Greek word is pneumatikos, which means songs of the Spirit. These are songs given to us in the Spirit, and I believe this happens most often when we are singing in the Spirit. (I have been given songs by the Spirit many other ways.)
Lord, I pray that we will learn to sing new songs to you. May we be bold and adventuresome in our worship. Holy Spirit, I ask You to give us, both individually and corporately, new songs. Amen.