Chip Stapleton Highland Presbyterian Church May 1st, 2020 Hunkered Down Devotions
Psalm 96:1-3 (NIV)
1 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
I may be the only one to have this thought, but every time I read the phrase, ‘sing a new song’ in scripture, I wonder – why a new song? Like what is wrong with the old songs? What is it about a new song that is special and good? Is there a deeper meaning there, or is it just a turn of phrase?
When I read this phrase in the ‘morning Psalm’ in today’s daily lectionary reading, I decided to do a little ‘research’. A quick scan on biblegateway.com told me that there were more than 10 instances of the phrase ‘new song’ in scripture. These instances spanned from the book of Psalms, to Isaiah, all the way to the book of Revelation.
This seems like more than an accident or coincidence. So I began to consider the questions above. And then it clicked. Why does God ask us to sing a ‘new song’? Because the song that you can sign in praise to God can only be sung by you.
This call to sing a new song isn’t about recording a record, it’s not literal. This is about living our life in a way that praises and honors God. It is about using the gifts and abilities that God has given you – the combination of which is completely unique to you – to offer up a song that only you can sing.
There is no one else in the whole world – past, present, or future – that has your voice. So if you are using the gifts, the abilities, the personality that you have to offer up praise to God in what you say, what you do, and who you are – then you will be singing a new song, and (make no mistake about this part) that song will be beautiful.
You have a voice. No one else has the voice that you have. In response to all that God has given you – even your very own voice – let us lift up our voices together to sing a new song of praise together.
Sharing God’s Love,
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the unique voice that you have given us. Help us as we lift up our voices in a new song to worship and praise you. Amen.