Day Twenty-Nine: New Life, New Song
December 29, 2019
By Betty Hornsby
By Betty Hornsby
1Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.
Psalm 98 (NIV)
I am intrigued by the first line of this beautiful song of praise to God: Sing to the Lord a NEW song. A new song — what does that mean to me?
This psalm was ascribed to David and may have been written after a victory in battle. Every part of nature was told to exalt God, even the rivers were to clap their hands, and the mountains were to sing with joy. All the earth was to burst into song for joy.
I look at myself and I wonder if I am living my life in this way. It is so easy to be burdened by the world today. There is so much bad news, and it appears we live in a “gotcha” society. The good seems to rarely win out. How do we sing a new song?
We have been enveloped in the Christmas season in this month, and now it is nearly over. Many of us are taking down the decorations and getting back to our normal lives. But what if we didn’t do that? What if we kept the magic and mystery of the birth of our Savior in our hearts every day? How could we change the lives of those around us if we told the story of God who came to earth to save us?
When we surrender to Jesus and give Him our lives to use for His glory, it is easy to sing a new song. He gives us new eyes to see things in a different way and He gives us a new song in our hearts. We are no longer weighed down with ordinary life. God has given us a new life in Him. We see the world through very different glasses. We know that God has won and death has been defeated because of the great love that God has for His people. There may be temporary trials and pain, but we will be resurrected to live with God for eternity. I choose to live in a new way in 2020, to live for the one that loved me so much that He sent His son to die so that I might live with Him forever. How about you? Will you sing a new song with me?