October 10, 2018

Psalm 96:1 (NLT) — 1 Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

The word here doesn’t only mean a totally new song that has never been sung before. It also carries the idea being renewed or fresh. When the page on your computer isn’t responding you hit the ‘refresh’ button to get the page to respond. Here the Psalmist is asking us to take a look at our worship. How are you singing the songs? Are you singing them with fresh enthusiasm and with movement in your body to the beat of the music or has your worship grown stale and unanimated?

Psalm 96:2–3 (NLT) — 2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. 3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

Enthusiastic worship will lead to enthusiastic witnessing. If we are thrilled with our Lord we will speak about him with thrilling words. Cleo was thrilled with a blouse that she got the other day at Goodwill. She came to me excitedly and said, “Dan look at this blouse that I just got at Goodwill. This sold for at least $120 and I got it for only $5! 

We are all like that aren’t we? When we find something that thrills us like a new restaurant, a recipe, a hand gun, a vacation spot, a coffee hangout, a new essential oil, a new sleep aid, a movie; we let others know in thrilling terms. Or we publish it on ‘Facebook or Pinterest’. How thrilled are you with Jesus? Does anybody else know how thrilled you are with Jesus?

Psalm 96:4–5 (NLT) — 4 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. 5 The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens!

Children are easily impressed at what man can do. They ooh and ah at the circus. They scream with utter delight at Valley Fair. They marvel at all the wonder of Disney World. We as adults are also easily impressed at what man can do. We gaze in awe at space launches and moon walks. We cheer loudly at sporting events when touchdowns are scored, home runs are hit and three point shots are made. We sit mesmerized by the musical talents of a great orchestra. We tend to forget that man gets all of his abilities, talents and wisdom from God.

What man put the stars in heaven? What man created the law of gravity or controls the orbits of the planets? What man put all the creatures on earth? What man carved out the Grand Canyon in Arizona or stone arches in Arches National Park in Utah? What man created himself and then breathed into himself the breath of life? When, as a Christian, you begin to understand the greatness of God and all that he has done you will only be impressed with Him. Anything else is just a mere sideshow.

And now we know why the Psalmist said, “Sing a new song to the Lord.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!