New Song

God is in the habit of creating. There is no limit to the new ideas, plans and projects to which the Ancient of Days applies Himself. We may be tempted to think the Genesis account of earth’s beginnings leaves God perpetually resting after creating this physical world. But is that impression correct? Is it possible for One whose character is so creative to cease creating? Isn’t that what gives hope to this decaying world—that the old will be replaced by something new?  The Creator’s new projects are mentioned throughout Scripture like jewels embedded in granite, needing to be mined. They are just waiting to be exposed, extracted, and treasured.

The Psalmist sings, “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:3).

A new song inspires us. Songs are expressions of our deepest feelings, moods, impressions and hopes. This song is unique. It is God-given; it is God’s truth corroborating our hearts’ longings. It is ‘a hymn of praise to our God’. This song articulates the relevance of God’s awesome qualities to our existence. His goodness is good for us. His being gives significance to ours. His power empowers us to experience life in a new way; His joy becomes ours. Praise of His attributes bursts from our hearts and fills our mouths.

It’s a ‘new song’, which implies it replaces an old one. What decaying song doesn’t need replacing? Haven’t we had enough of the mournful dirges chanting incessantly in our minds, telling us life is hopeless, we are hopeless, and everyone about us is hopeless? This song speaks refreshingly of the truth; that we are precious in the eyes of the all-seeing God, that his plan redeems us from all hopelessness.

It’s a song that will impact ‘many’ when we sing it faithfully. The ears of this world are filled with distracting noises clamoring for attention; yet the song of God will pierce through the commotion, touching hearts tender to His tunes. But how can they hear it unless we sing it?

‘Many will see’. This song, unlike any other, opens many eyes. It enables hearers to see. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psa. 119:105). The lyrics of the song become illumination guiding the lives of those who accept that light.

And finally, it is a song that prompts, fuels and inspires a response. Some will turn away from that song. They will plug their ears, turn up the volume on the world’s clatter, and walk away; the song inspires both fear and trust, and some are ready for neither. Yet, many will ‘fear and put their trust in the LORD’. The song will resonate with something deep within that says, ‘God is sovereign. I will entrust myself to Him come what may’. The Greatest of composers wrote this song to fill heaven’s spaces with those that respond ‘yes!’

Will we be the choristers, minstrels, and troubadours that wake each day singing the new song? Will we keep caroling it as we connect with loved ones, friends, coworkers and colleagues? Will we continue to sing it even as we face our own challenges, troubles and sorrows? “For from him and through him and to him are all things.”. Let’s ask Him today to put the new song in our mouths.

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