Psalm 96:1 – O sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord, all the earth. (NRSV)
My soul becomes parched and dry; my mind fills with hunger for something new, inspiring, and filling. No matter how hard I try to stay in my structure, fulfilling my role in life, the daily routines have a way of becoming dull and boring. I ache for new songs to sing, a new spark to ignite, a new stream in the desert, to make me want to move forward. I tire of the same colours, the same tunes, the same food, and the same routines.
The Psalmist recognized this need in humanity. He says that the way to sing a new song is to sing to the Lord of all the earth and bless His name. When we thank Him for what we have, He will refresh us with a new song. Our God is one of action. Finding God is not an ending — it is a beginning. It is a lifetime of new songs, new structures, new truths, and new glories.
Psalm 96:2-3 – Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day, disclose His glory among the nations, his marvellous works among all the peoples. (NRSV)
A new song may require profound moments of personal self-examination. It may mean renewing our commitment to God and to serving others in new and different ways. It will come when we sincerely seek to serve God and to put Him first in our lives.
Prayer: Lord, we ask You for a new song and a new life. Grant us courage and strength to open our hearts to Your renewing, life-giving presence. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.