“He had put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God: many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.” – Psalm 40:3 (NKJV)
This verse is so special to me in a certain way now. At first, when I saw “new song,” I thought, “David is about to break a new hit in the worship music industry!” And I think many times that is what most Christians think when they hear the words “new song.”
But truly, new worship has got to mean more than just singing a song we’ve never sung before. And I think this is a lesson I’m still learning. Worship, first of all, is to the Almighty God from a sincere heart of adoration.
Jesus put it better.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers will worship God in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24 (NKJV)
Worship is seeing God past all the clutter of this roller coaster of life. But how is worship made new? Did this mean I had to sing the latest worship song or make up my own despite my poetic disabilities? But then I realized something. All through this past year, in the rough times and smooth sailings, God’s compassion and His mercy was new every single morning of the past 365 days – like we read in Jeremiah 3:22 and 23.
“His compassions fail not. . .They are new every morning.”
God has been constantly faithful even when I lose faith. And because of realizing how nothing of His is ever stale or old, it awakened my heart to His awesomeness. In the earlier verses of Psalm 40:3, I saw what made David have a new song. In Psalm 40:1 we read,
“I waited patiently for the LORD, and He inclined to me. . .”
Remembering what the Lord has done lifts my eyes off myself and my circumstances. In the hardest times, my only comfort was knowing God was right there with me and fully in control. I even remember the joy that washed over me as I chose to worship, even though things got rough this past year. Although the song was not the latest on the worship music charts, it was new – it meant something to me, something that I’d never felt before. The adoration that felt so new came.
New worship toward the Lord increases when we realize afresh what He did for us. No matter how much I’m filled with guilt or how much I messed up this past year, He is my Redeemer. And look! He has blessed me with another year to walk with Him.
Whatever may hit us in this new year, let our worship turn into new worship as we are refreshed to His awesomeness. May we sing together with every creature in Heaven and on earth, like in Revelation 5:13:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and the Lamb forever and ever!”
~Guest Author Hannah Gacchogi~