Scripture: Psalm 96
Key verses: (1-2) O 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.
Reflection: The psalms call us to sing NEW songs six times. We are never called to sing OLD songs. I wonder why. Maybe it’s because “new” represents a fresh start, a hopeful future, and a clean slate. Maybe it’s because new songs take more effort. You have to pay attention when you sing a new song. Watch the notes. Read the words carefully. You can’t sing a new song with a lackluster spirit.
Yet often we prefer old songs. We find comfort in their familiarity. We are lulled by the ease with which the melody comes to mind. We have the words memorized.
In this week between Christmas and New Year’s what new songs are you called to sing? What new thing is God doing in you? How is God transforming your spirit to be more like Jesus Christ? What new challenge do you face in the weeks ahead? How will God equip you and empower you to face that challenge? Sing to the Lord a new song. Tell of his salvation from day to day in this week of transition to a new year.
“On those who sit in darkness the sun begins to rise,
The dawning of forgiveness upon the sinner’s eyes.
God guides the feet of pilgrims along the paths of peace.
O bless our God and Savior with songs that never cease!”
Amen and Amen!
(verse 3 of hymn #109 Blest Be the God of Israel, in Glory to God, The Presbyterian Hymnal)
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].