Sunday church bulletins quite often reveal more than the words printed on them. Other than the date on the front of the bulletin, the order of service changes very little. There seems to be three important words that appear every Sunday in every order of service: Invocation, Offering and Benediction. In between those words are the hymns, Scripture, and special music which are “recycled” from week to week. But there is little new or different. Even contemporary worship services seem to follow the same format and formula week after week.
Sounds boring, doesn’t it?
Perhaps that’s why Psalm 96:1 explodes with a challenge: “Sing to the Lord a NEW SONG!” - which literally means “SING NEW THINGS!” If God is alive and well in our lives and in our churches, we will surely be seeing new things and singing new songs because we will see Him at work in our lives and in the life of our churches. Prayers will be answered, and lives changed, sinners will be saved, and His disciples will be called to serve Him in new and different ways - showing His love and care to those around us. We will have to rearrange the order of service to make time for public praise to share what God is doing and sing new songs of praise for the blessings we are enjoying!
And then in verse two we read, “Proclaim His salvation day after day!” When the proclamation of His salvation and its rewards is the centerpiece of our world and worship, we will be overcome with His joy and discover “new songs to sing!”
Prayer: Lord, may we accept Your challenge to sing a “new song” as we live and experience Your great salvation. May our joy from You be real! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Psalm 96:1