A New Song

“Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”

(Psalm 33:3)

The psalm opens with a call to praise God; to sing a “new song” to him. Those words ‘new song’ could be a little bit confusing to someone who doesn’t consider themselves to be particularly musical. But the psalmist isn’t suggesting we all turn into composers overnight, it’ more of a “heart thing.”

It isn’t that there’s anything wrong with the old songs, or that God is bored with them. There are some wonderful songs, both old and new that we use in our churches for corporate worship.

‘New song’ simply means that every song of praise we sing to God, privately or corporately, emerges from a fresh, daily awareness of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, loving kindness and steadfast love.

After all, God’s mercies are “new every morning” (Lam 3:23) so surely it’s befitting that our awareness of this should be new every day too, resulting in hearts that overflow with praise to the God whose steadfast love fills the whole earth! (Psalm 33:5).

Jill 💜

Designed for Worship

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp (homes and hearts) of the godly. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things! The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things! I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the Lord has done.”
‭‭ Psalm 118:14-17

The birds were designed by God to sing to Him. Every morning, we wake up to the sound of birds singing outside our window. They love to sit on this wire (photo) and sometimes there are as many as 15 birds singing their little hearts out, come rain or sunshine. I actually took this photo last spring when there was thick snow on the ground.
The birds just do as they were designed to do – sing! (Let everything that has breath praise the Lord – ‭‭ Psalm 50:6)

We were also designed to praise Him. Our outward circumstances may have changed, but our mighty God has not. OK, we can’t meet together as the body of Christ in congregations at the moment, but we can STILL join our voices shout of victory, praise, worship and thanksgiving to Him! He’s worthy.

Jill 💜

“I Will….” Bless The Lord.

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:1-2

This morning, having had a head cold over the weekend, I woke up feeling a little bit “blah.” In my heart of hearts I knew that my approach, as I opened the Word of God to read, was…well, there’s no way to describe it other than half-hearted.
To be truthful, I skimmed over verse 1- 2, because having read, and re-read these, I was excited to move on to verse 3 – 4. But my eyes were drawn to a phrase in verses 1 and 2. The words: “I will.”

David declares “I will extol you, my God and King,” and in verse two, “Every day I will bless you and praise your name”

He repeats this phrase in verse Verse 5 “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.”

And in verse 21 : “My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,”
I will
Suddenly I was reminded of an important truth. Worship involves engaging the will.  “I will”. We praise, worship and extol God’s wonderful name because of who He is, but it involves a daily choice; a resolution, to bless God, wherever we are, whatever our circumstances, just because He deserves to be worshipped.
In this beautiful Psalm, David sets out verse by verse, many of the wonderful attributes of our God, and the reasons why our lips overflow with praise for Him, when  we engage our will:

* Because His greatness is unsearchable – verse 3
* Because of His mighty acts – verse 4
* Because of the glorious splendour of His majesty – verse 5
* Because of His awesome deeds and His greatness – verse 6
* Because of His abundant goodness and righteousness – verse7
* Because He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love – verse 8
* Because He is good to all and His mercy is over all He has made – verse 9
* Because of the glory of His Kingdom and His power- because of His mighty deeds –  verses 11-12
* Because His kingdom is everlasting and His dominion endures throughout all generations. Because He is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works – verse 13
* Because He upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down – verse 14
* Because the eyes of all look to Him, and He gives them their food in due season – verse 15
* Because He opens His hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing – verse 16
* Because He is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works – verse 17
* Because He’s near to all who call on him in truth – verse 18
* Because He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them – verse 19
* Because He preserves all who love Him – verse 20

Jill 💜

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise…”

“I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.”
Psalm 145:1-2

This Psalm, which has always been one of my favourites is titled, A Praise of David.
In other words, it’s David’s very own song of praise to God, expressing his heart-worship.
The Psalm starts off with the words “I will exalt You, my God and King.” To exalt someone is to praise, to lift high, to honour and promote them. David exalted God in the most personal of ways:

* He did so with the direct, intimate address of ‘You’. David referred to the Lord as ‘my God.’

* He exalted God with a surrendered heart. ‘My King.’ David had the humility of heart to know and acknowledge out loud that although he may have been king of Israel, God is the King of kings and therefore David’s king too.

* He did it unendingly  “forever and ever… every day.” In his lifetime of following hard after God, David had learned that God is to be trusted, that He is faithful and always will be. And that He is ever worthy of worship and praise, that is not half-hearted but full and heartfelt.

Over the next few blog posts, I want to work through this beautiful Psalm – a Psalm of praise to God, a Psalm listing many of the reasons why it is good, and fitting, to exalt His wonderful Name.

Jill 💜

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