Sing A New Song to the Lord

(Ps. 96:1-3 Pas. Baines, Jr. 6/2018)

Introduction: Worship should be a value of every Christian church. Psalm 96:1-3 urges us to sing a new song to the Lord. The thesis for this discussion is “We should work on singing a new song to the Lord.”

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Key Points

1. Especially saved people are called to sing to the Lord. Notice that Psalm 96:1-2 calls for singing to the Lord. To sing is “to make musical sounds with the voice, especially words with a set tune.”

All of the Earth is to sing to the Lord, that is every person on Earth is to give God some general singing and praise. However, as Christians, we ought to give God some Christian singing and praise.

Before you spend too much time on Christian worship, you should make sure that you are a Christian. Make sure that you have accepted Jesus as your savior by faith (see Jn. 3:16). Let’s make sure that we are saved. 

2. Are you singing? Notice that Psalm 96:1-2 calls for singing to the Lord. There are sports fans that seem to be more excited about their sport teams than some church goers are excited about Jesus.

Some “Christians” may not sing because they don’t know the words, but the more popular reason for not singing is “I don’t feel like it.” On one hand, there are times when we don’t “feel like it.”

But on the other hand, we are still called to be obedient (see Jn. 10:27; Mt. 7:20; and Jm. 4:17). Psalm 150:6 urges all who have breath to continue to give God His praise. Let’s work on singing to the Lord, no matter how we feel or our life circumstances. 

3. We need to make sure we are singing to the Lord. Notice in vss. 1-2 that God’s people are called to sing to the Lord. The devil wants us to forget to whom we sing.

He wants us to think about our feelings, our singing ability, our problems, our right to do what we want to do, and/or our displeasure with those in the worship space. The devil places weeds of negative distractions in the wheat of singing and praise that God plants in us (see Mt. 13).

We are called to take captive every thought to make them obedient to Christ, instead of allowing the devil to move from having a foot hold to a strong hold in our lives (see Eph. 4:27 and II Cor. 10:4-5). Let’s sing to the Lord, so He will be pleased with our obedience. 

4. God’s marvelous deeds. Notice in Psalm 96:3 the mention of the Lord’s marvelous deeds. The lyrics of our singing and praise should be focused on God’s marvelous deeds. Being saved by faith in Jesus’ substitute death payment is marvelous (see Rom. 5:8).

Being indwelt with the comforting, guiding, and teaching Holy Spirit is marvelous. God’s being our mind regulator and doctor in our times of sickness is marvelous. God taking the anxiety out of death is marvelous. Let’s make sure that we focus on the marvelousness of God in our singing and praise. 

5. New song for new deeds. Notice in Psalm 96:1 that God’s people are called to sing a new song. Some commentators believe that Psalm 96 and I Chronicles 16 should be read together.

Therefore, the entrance of the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem (i.e., a new marvelous deed), triggered a new song. Think about how we sing one song on our way to surgery and sing a new song after the surgery.

We sing one song when bills are overdue and a new song after the Lord has provided. We sing one song when we are looking for someone to live our lives with and a new song when God blesses us with a great spouse.

We sing new songs day by day, because God performs marvelous deeds day by day (see Lam. 3:22-23). Some of our new songs are just remixes of our old songs. Every generation should find its songs and beats about the same marvelous God who has been good to each generation.

We are all benefactors of God’s marvelousness. Let’s sing new songs about God’s new marvelous deeds. 

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