Pastor Mike’s Blog – A New Song for the New Year

What will your new song sound like this year? Throughout the Psalms, we are invited to sing a “new song” of praise to the Lord (see Psalm 96, 98, 149, etc.). This call echoes in Revelation, where those before the throne of God worship Him with new songs of adoration (Revelation 5:9, 14:3).
A new song can be exactly that, a new musical composition for worship. Then again, it can also be any type of devotion or service that springs afresh from our love of God. It’s the heart’s response to the mercies of God that are new every morning. It’s the creative answer to the goodness and grace of our Lord.

What will your new song sound like in this new year?

Some of us will respond to God’s call to a new avenue of service within the church. Perhaps there is a ministry you have wanted to join or even start, and this year will be the time to jump in. Or you might see an unmet need in the church and recognize that you have gifts well-suited and energy available to work in that area. Your new song might be a new way to move the ministry of our church forward.

Others might sing a new song of support and involvement in a local ministry. There are dozens of Christ-honoring service organizations that make a tangible difference in the Rockford area. This might be the year you pick up a hammer to help Habitat for Humanity or put on an apron to serve food at the Rescue Mis-sion. You might find time to volunteer at the Pregnancy Care Center or Carpenter’s Place or any of the many Christian ministries serving our community.

Some might find a new song in their devotional life, a new habit of prayer or Bible reading or worship. Our walk with the Lord needs to remain fresh and vibrant, and one way to renew your spiritual life is by seek-ing new ways to show love to Jesus and listen to His word. Even a new physical posture during prayer or find-ing a new place to sit and read scripture can help refocus your heart and mind.

Others might seek after a new friendship through which they can share the love and message of Jesus. Your new song might be sung to a new friend, and they might be moved to sing along in faith.
Singing a new song to the Lord, whether in worship or as an act of service, reminds us that God, whose perfect character never changes, continues to bring new mercies and blessings into our lives day after day. We will never reach the end of God or discover every aspect of His glory, and He will never stop loving us in new and surprising ways. In response, we renew our devotion, rekindle the fire of our faith, refresh our hearts for worship, and rejuvenate our commitment to following Jesus.

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
(Psalm 96:1-3)

 

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