He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.
A new song from God that results in praise. Those glorious times when He does something amazing. An answered prayer. A previously unseen solution to a problem or an unexpected blessing.
Many times I’ve gone to bed with a problem weighing heavily upon my mind. Next morning I was greeted by a fresh thought, a new perspective. The solution that eluded me was suddenly available. The Holy Spirit had opened my mind to new possibilities and renewed my hope. As a result, I was given a new song of praise to God.
Singing. Humming. Whistling. A natural reaction to joy, like a light turned on in your soul.
Okay. Some of us can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but music still resounds in our hearts and minds.
Have you considered where music comes from? Where did it originate? Even before a cave man hammered out a rhythmical beat on a rock with a stick, there was music.
No. God didn’t one day hear an amazing singer on earth and decide to add music to His heavenly plan. Music was created by God for our pleasure and expression. It helps us communicate our deepest feelings and is in its highest form when offering praise to God.
The first mention of music in the Bible is in the introductory book of Genesis. And throughout the Old Testament we see that music was integral to the worship of the Jews. But one of the most revealing clues to the origin of music occurs in the birth narrative of Jesus in Luke 2 when angels appeared to the shepherds.
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
In verse 15 of Luke 2, we’re told that the singing angels departed and returned to heaven. Later, in the book of the Revelation, the angels and inhabitants of heaven are depicted as singing in response to the wonder-working power of God. (Rev. 5:8-11, 13; 15:1-3) So when you get to heaven, there will be lots of music, and a continual song of joy in your heart.
Take a moment to consider the amazing spectacle represented in Revelation 5:11.
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand.
Voices lifted in praise to God without the direction of a worship leader and arising naturally in response to His magnificence.
Yesterday, my wife and I drove to Birmingham, and along the way I referred to the beautiful day. Dark clouds had given way to sunshine and signs of the newness of spring were all about us. The grass was turning green, trees were budding, and flowers were blooming. And I commented, “Only God could create something so marvelous.” Words of joy in response to God’s handiwork. A new song in my heart.
We take for granted the commonplace and ordinary. Those things we see and experience every day become dull and mundane. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I never realized how incredibly beautiful it was. That is, until I returned. It was like I had somehow missed God’s glorious creation.
Don’t let familiarity blind you to the reality of God’s blessings. We keep a song in our hearts when we, to borrow an old saying, “Stop and smell the roses.” Take time to notice all that God has done.
You don’t have to wait for a miracle or an extraordinary answer to prayer for a song of praise to arise in your heart in response to God. Look around you. Take inventory of God’s blessings in your life. Consider the people He has given you to love. Enjoy the beauty of His creation. Think upon the promises He has given you through the work of Jesus, your Savior. Count your blessings.
And when that song of praise arises in your heart, you will have reason to share your joy with others, “Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.” (Psalm 40:3b)
For more on this topic, check out this article: Praise the Lord Oh My Soul
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.