It is not possible to overestimate the significance of the Psalms. In them, we find the ideals of a God-filled life that reflect humility, worship, dependence and service. In them, we find descriptions of men whose lives were in constant communion with God. We also find lives that reflect deep sorrow for sin and the search for holiness and perfection. We discover what walking in darkness is like - without fear gripping our hearts and controlling our minds because we see “faith at work.” We are confronted with the results of sin and the benefits of repentance, restoration and righteousness. We see minds once tortured by guilt and shame restored to sanity by the grace and mercy of God - because He is faithful to His Word. We see the beauty of God’s love in comparison to the triumph of evil and wickedness. We see deep serenity following the storms of fear and danger.
More than any other book in the Bible, we see the tragic effects of sin in first-person stories. We also see what God can do for those who fall before Him and ask for His forgiveness. We see the roller-coaster of life ending in God’s peace for those who submit to and worship Him.
In the wisdom of God, His Spirit inspired the writers of the Psalms to take the experiences of men, who were as human as we are. They give us spiritual insight, wisdom, knowledge and courage to deal with every issue of life.
Yet, Psalm 149 says we are to “sing a new song.”
How? Can there be any new songs? Yes, indeed!
“His mercies never cease!” New day - new songs!
Prayer: Father, make us aware of the unending mercies we receive every day. Fill our hearts with new songs of joy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 149:1 Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.