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Presenting Old, Worn-Out Praise To God
"Do not wear out the old forms: fresh mercies call for new songs of praise and gratitude." - Adam Clarke
"The song of yesterday will not do for to-day, for there are fresh motives, fresh mercies, fresh needs." - Biblical Illustrator - New Testament
"A new song is a song for new favours, for those compassions which are new every morning."
- Matthew Henry
"A new song is the old song of praise, made new by newness of heart and newness of air."
- Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament
"It is not only called a new song because it is new to us, but because it is uncommon. Rich and rare things are often called in the Bible new."
- Biblical Illustrator - New Testament
"An old song is new when a new spirit is put into it."
- Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament
"Our faculties should be exercised when we are magnifying the Lord, so as not to run in an old groove without thought; we ought to make every hymn of praise a new song. To keep up the freshness of worship is a great thing, and in private it is indispensable. Let us not present old worn-out praise, but put life, and soul, and heart, into every song, since we have new mercies every day, and see new beauties in the work and word of our Lord."
- Charles Spurgeon
Our praises to God should never be dull or lifeless. In other words, they never should come across as being "dead."
Yet, as you visit the churches across the globe, you find some that are so "dead" spiritually and the praises to be boring or spiritless.
This ought not to be!
For one thing, the Bible repeatedly instructs all of God's people to "sing a new song" unto Him.
What is the "new song" that it mentions? Is it a song that has never been sung - one that is newly composed? If so, then what happens to all of the "old" hymns that were written long ago?
Let's study this topic and see what we can glean from this lesson. Afterwards, may we always bring forth a "new song" unto the Lord.
Throughout the Bible, we find Scriptures calling us to "sing unto the LORD a new song." They are as follows -
Psalm 33:3 says - "Sing unto Him a new song..."
Psalm 96:1 says - "O sing unto the LORD a new song..."
Psalm 98:1 says - "O sing unto the LORD a new song; for He hath done marvelous things: His right hand, and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory.
Psalm 144:9 says - "I will sing a new song unto Thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto Thee."
Isaiah 42:10 says - "Sing unto the LORD a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof."
Revelation 5:9 says - "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation."
Revelation 14:3 says - "And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."
"a new song" - Is it a song that has never been sung before? Is it "new" in that it is sung in a "new season" of time? Or is it "new" because it is sparked by "new" mercies and displays of God's grace?
There are several reasons for it being called a "new" song.
A "new" song can be as "old as the hills" but be "new" to you. How can that be possible? Because it is a reflection of a new deliverance or a new mercy gotten. It is a song which rises fresh from your heart at the consciousness of some fresh mercy received at the hand of God. It is "new" because it is specially composed for celebrating His new acts - appropriated to new manifestations of His Goodness and Mercy. It is "new" because it is the best that you have.
It is "new" because it celebrates a new blessing never experienced before. God's care is "new" every morning so His praise must be ever "new." It represents "new" joys filling the hearts of men. The time of mourning is over. The time of the singing of hearts has come. Some event occurred. Some truth related to the Divine character has now been made known. It is a song of peculiar excellence. It is a "new" song - the product of "new" affections clothed with "new" expressions.
It is "new" because it is occasioned by God's recent deliverance. It celebrates His victory over His foes. It is a song of excellence in view of the wonders of grace and righteousness displayed in His salvation and redemption. He has done wonderful things.
It is "new" as a result of His rescue. It is newly composed for the occasion of such a deliverance. It is fired with fresh enthusiasm.
It is "new" because of a recent spiritual conquest - a result of divine aid. It celebrates a new victory of armies. The individual has a new knowledge of God. Though the words had been sung before, in order to keep it from growing threadbare, it is sung with new affections. It is a call for freshness and integrity.
It is a song unsung - expressive of the goodness of God in a new manifestation of His mercy. His mercies are great and a song is demanded - expressly made for the occasion - on account of new things done.
It expresses vehement emotions...consecration to God...and devotion to the Lord Jesus. It is vent to the heart's emotion. It is sung to Him alone. It is filled with freshness of joy and fulness of thanksgiving.
So we see - it can be a "new" song that has never been sung before, but most likely, it is an "old" song with a "new" spirit put into it.
Some questions to ask yourself are these - If God's mercies are "new" every morning - and they are - then why isn't your song "new" and fresh to Him? How could you possibly bring forth dull and lifeless praise to a God Who is constantly doing "marvelous things" for you?
How many times have you been brought out of a trial that seemingly threatened to confound and uproot your faith - only to have it become the school in which you learned to trust God and know Him? Afterwards, you found His Presence to be more real...His promises more precious and full of comfort...and His Love to be so rich in mercies. You learned to pray like never before - as you realized your own weaknesses but your Savior's undeniable strength to meet the circumstance at hand. You experienced first-hand His Divine Faithfulness, Mercy, Favor, and Presence. New perils passed...new sins were forgiven...new thoughts of God filled your mind...and new hopes of heaven arose in your heart.
Hence, it is the occasion to "sing a new song" to Him.
Is that asking too much from you who has been the recipient of His "new" day filled with "new" mercies and blessings?
Prayerfully, this message will bring a "revival" of song to your heart as you see that God deserves the excellent song - the "new" song - the song which arises afresh from a heart that is lively, exuberant, fresh, full, consecrated, and bursting with "new" life and "new" strength.
Imagine the sound - during the week - that would echo throughout our churches or homes as the believers in Jesus bring forth a "new song unto the Lord"!
Heaven would come down and glory fill our souls!
We would no longer have to pray for Revival! We would be in it, and the world would know the difference!
May God Bless His Word.