Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. -Psalm 96:1-2
How do I understand the verses above? Must I compose a song to the Lord? Must I dig up a new song from Youtube to sing to the Lord?
I believe the verses above speak more about the attitude of the heart when approaching the Lord. Allow me to postulate three:
1. Come to the Lord with a refreshed heart. If there’s anything that the Holy Spirit enjoys doing it’s refreshing our inner person. God is the God of the new. He brings newness to us everyday. When we come to God, let us come with a desire to be refreshed and renewed, so that, when we sing unto Him, though it may be an old hymn, there will be a newness to the song.
Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah. -Acts 3:20 (NLT)
2. Come to the Lord with joy. The Lord saves! And whatever salvation may mean –from the penalty of sin to overcoming trials and tribulations– it is always a reason to be joyful. A heart full of joy is already a heart that is singing. The melody may be silent, the words unheard, but the Lord hears the song, for the world will sing with you.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. -Isaiah 55:12 (NIV)
3. Come to the Lord with overflowing gratitude. There will always be more than one reason to thank God. Thus, our thanksgiving must always be exuberant and never-ending. To be thankful is to open more doors to God’s blessings and opportunities. Gratitude to the Lord is always a song of praise.
Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV)