Monday, July 30, 2018

Sing a New Song

“Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.” - Psalm 149:1

I’ve learned something in my work with artists in the church, at school, and even just with other musicians in general: they are scared of "new". It’s like if they do something other than what has been done before, people will be confused, or maybe frightened by this new thing.

You know who’s not scared of new things? God. And it’s kind of obvious... (Gird up your loins, a litany of quotes in this post!)

“Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” - Psalm 33:2-3

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” - Psalm 40:3

“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. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” - Psalm 96:1-3

“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” - Psalm 98:1

“I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you.” - Psalm 144:9

“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.” - Isaiah 42:10

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. - Revelation 14:3

God loves a new song. It shows Him several things.

We’re not robots.

We’re not just mindless automatons repeating phrases over and over again. A new song is pure glorification. It is an act of pure praise towards God, not the mechanical routine of worshipers for the sake of routine worship. He is NOT a routine God.

We’re not the Pharisees.

They got stuck in the past, refusing to accept the New Testament that God was bringing, that we now know to be our complete salvation! So we will NOT be like them and only preach the old, but revel and champion the new!

New Song is Infinite. Like God Himself.

No finite set of songs can capture God’s amazing greatness. So we have to endlessly invent new songs to demonstrate our love and understanding of this.

The New Song is our Holy Spirit.

Making a new song is a risk, like walking on water. If we accept and embrace the risk of creating something new, and taking chances, it makes it obvious that we rely on God through Faith and the Spirit.

God loves when new things are made.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Or as the King James sayeth:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

God loves NEW!! But He wants us to bring a new song not just to the church, but to our own lips, and to the world! He wants to be seen as ever-changing and ever-evolving. That’s why only older songs, or even a song we heard someone else sing just won't be good enough. We sing a new song because we have and are changed and evolved too!

“We must sing our new songs because we are new people. We are not the same people who were saved during the third century. We are not the same people who were saved during the Reformation or the Great Awakening or even the 1910s. God wants us to articulate our praise in our own words and our own songs! Here we find an inconsistency in many churches. We rightly stand against ritualistic prayers and stolen sermons, yet some insist on exclusively singing a bygone generation’s praise.” - James Steinbach

Don’t be afraid of making a new song, which could also mean being a part of a new thing. It’s how we grow as a church, as Christ followers, as creatives, and especially as children of the Great Creator himself.

“God will never cease to inspire awe in us about the breadth and depth and height of who He is and his mind-boggling love for us in Christ, and we get the joy of continuing to create and sing new songs of praise to Him for it.” - David Mathis

Have a great week and sing a new song (have I made that clear?)

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At For the Creative Soul, creating is what drives us, and what should drive you too. Your new song may not even be a song. Maybe it’s just being part of a new song, or it’s a new painting, or some other new creative thing you have done. Maybe it’s being part of a new thing that is happening in your church or in your life that honors God.

If you a Christian music artist or songwriter and need help making a new song, contact us at creativesoulonline.com or get inspired at our site for all creatives, cre8iv.com

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for this article. I have been trying to get our group to do original songs for quite some time now and I get nowhere. As I was searching scripture I found many of the above and perhaps I can share this with my Pastor and current leader. As he is only temporary I applied for the position, perhaps I will get hired and then we'll see. Thanks again.
    Gene Rossi, Calvary Assembly Of God

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  2. Good luck Gene! I'm glad the article helped. Sing a New Song!!

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