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Devotional - week of April 27, 2003


SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG

He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord ... Psalm 40:3

The Scriptures speak of the singing of a “new song” nine times. Two references are in the Revelation. One is sung to Jesus and the other “before the throne.”

Five of the nine references are encouragements to the people of God to sing a new song to the Lord because of His character and works.

Two of the references are testimonies of authors of Psalms.

The testimony of Psalm 40:3 follows a description of answered prayer and a mighty deliverance by the Lord.

The second testimony, recorded in Psalm 144:9, is the author’s commitment to sing a new song if God will deliver him.

While nothing more than serious meditation on the character and work of God can prompt a new song to the Lord, we are more likely to sing a new song to the Lord when He does a new work in our lives.

A new work of God’s deliverance from some dreaded situation calls for a new song because we have a new understanding of God. This calls for new words put to a new melody.

God’s new works in our lives are the result of living a life of dependence on Him—the result of living by grace.

A special new work of God, which we can possibly experience each day of our lives, is that of the Holy Spirit revealing new truths about the Father and the Son. Most often these come as we read the Bible while receiving the filling of the Holy Spirit by living out the “in Christ” truths.

When one man learned the “in Christ” truths, he made up songs with the words “I am in Christ and He is in me.” If we cannot do that, we can live out the last part of Psalm 33:3 which reads:

Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.