Scripture: Psalm 33
Key verse: (3a) Sing to him a new song;
Reflection: I joined the church when I was 13. I attended all the confirmation classes and rarely missed a Sunday service. But I don’t remember very much about the experience except that I had the sweetest outfit I had ever owned. I particularly remember the grey jacket and matching grey boat shoes that my Mom bought for me that week-end. I couldn’t wait to stand in front of the congregation, not so much to affirm my faith, but to show off how stylish I was.
I missed the point I suppose but as I read the Psalmist encouraging us to sing a new song, maybe I wasn’t so far off. Wearing brand new clothes, a rare thing in my childhood in the early eighties, I felt kind of brand new too. And what is baptismal/ confirmation theology if not about God’s renewing grace and love that makes all things new.
I don’t think this psalm is asking us to ditch every tried and true hymn (after all they at one point were brand new too). Newness here seems to mean more like fresh, honest, real, true. You can sing a new song to the Lord today with a golden oldie or brand new hit; you can sing in your best duds or your oldest, coziest pj’s; but with all you have, in the place where you are: sing. Sing your sadness, your joy, your love, your fear. Sing it loud and proud and sing it to God, for God and discover you are also singing with God. The song will be new because it has never been sung by you in this place and time.
Prayer: Singing belongs to one who loves. Lord help me love, help me sing.
Paraphrase from St. Augustine.
Author: Derek Macleod
[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].