A New Song
As I read sing to the LORD a new song, the lyrics from Casting Crowns “Lifesong” came to mind:
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing . . .
Let my lifesong sing to You.”
Thinking about the song of my life, the message I’m bringing through my words and example, the whole thing struck a sour chord. How many times do I hit the wrong notes, miss my cue, sing off key, or lose beat with the Spirit?
While many of us have been singing year after year, verse after verse, how could this Psalmist sing a new song? Was it because he was new to the faith, new to the assembly, or a newbie in the flesh – a youngster? And how does singing a new song resonate with singing, “The old, old story”?
The dissonance within my spirit rang clear when I looked at the Song instead of self. The call to praise and cause for praise is not about the singer, but the Song: our Savior and Rescuer, Jesus Christ! Regardless of our physical or spiritual ages, this old, old story persists in newness as we continually respond to His fresh waves of grace and goodness! A praise song of victory in Jesus, a dance of freedom for the captives, a drumbeat of rejoicing in our Maker never becomes “same song, second verse” when we glory in the cross and what Christ has done!
Sing the message to your soul. Praise Him, dance, and make music! (Psalm 149:3). Jesus is the good news who came for you! Day and night rejoice and give thanks for His character, ways, and works.
Sing the message to others. As you praise Him in the assembly, may it cause an increase of people who come to know more of His salvation (Psalm 149:1). Jesus is the good news who came to the world (John 3:16)! When they see the Song instead of the singer through the words we say and things we do, may He encourage the saints and draw the lost to Himself.
Sing loud. Sing long. Sing the old story anew so the whole world may hear that Jesus saves!
What lyrics are you singing to your soul and others today?
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