The Essence of a New Song

New Song to the Lord

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)

Meditation

Some say that meditation involves the quieting of the mind. On the contrary, I believe that meditation is a quieting of the heart.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. -Psalm 19:14

It is difficult to quiet the mind. This is why some meditation practitioners advice that, as one meditates, he should not dwell on any thought that passes through the mind, but let it pass through without judgment. Yet, is it not an activity of the mind just to try to quiet the mind?

But it is not difficult to quiet the heart. In fact, it is through a quiet heart that God can speak. It only requires an environment of silence.

It is in silence that we can know –deep within– the love of God. God’s love does not enter through our minds. It enters through our hearts.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. -Romans 5:5

It is in silence where we can listen to our breathing and realize how precious the breath of life is.
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. -Job 33:4

It is in silence where we can give the purest of worship, for God sees the heart more than he listens to our words.
…And this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD… -Psalm 19:14
There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God… -Psalm 65:1 (NASB)
Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord… -Ephesians 5:19

Silence prepares our hearts to listen to God’s voice.
“Be still, and know that I am God…” -Psalm 46:10
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him… -Psalm 37:7

The world is too noisy. It’s intent is to confuse, bewilder and weaken us.

The quieting of our hearts before God invites inner strength.
May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. -2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT)

Worship

Amazing grace. A simple phrase, yet, in the midst of worship, bursts out into an indescribable experience of the majesty of God consuming a small, insignificant mortal such as I. I can only weep in overwhelming joy!

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