Friday, May 17, 2013
1Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
(Psalm 149:1, King James Version)
The Psalmist entreats us to praise the LORD and sing a new song. It is interesting to note that music often seems to be the lifeblood of a society. This is so much the case, that each new generation seems to come up with a new sound in music that they claim to be distinctly their own sound.
The Psalmist, understanding the value of music even to the depths of our souls, commands us to sing a new song. After all, coming to Christ and living for the Lord demands that old things pass away--everything we do, think, and say, especially as new believers is new! Why not, then, encourage believers to sing a new song as well?
Music can be a rather sensitive subject in churches in our day. Some churches only sing psalms, some only sing the old hymns, and some only sing contemporary Christian music. How do we know what is right? The thing to consider, at least in this devotion, is not the rightness or wrongness of the music itself, but the idea that we are to be singing praises to our God. I find it noteworthy that God has allowed, yes, even ordained, that we live in a time when one has a choice.
If we are convinced that psalm singing is the only way to worship the Lord, there are churches today that follow that teaching. If we think the old hymns should be sung, we certainly have that choice as well. Thirdly, if we love contemporary music, there are many churches that use contemporary Christian music in their worship services. We have no excuse, at least from the perspective of our convictions concerning music; God has provided a great variety, as well as a great many denominations, which profess to teach and believe the Bible.
In the end, it is important that our guide for living the Christian life is God's Holy Word. Many ideas are presented as to how to interpret that Word, but we must be very careful that we do not follow a "group," but rather, follow the Lord! Man, as is always the case, looks on the outward appearance, but God looks upon the heart.
When God looks upon your heart, what does He see? That really has been the basis of all of these Psalms devotions, for we have been considering, for over 2 years now, our First Love. How doe we worship, love, and serve God, our First Love?
Go, then today, and sing a new song to the Lord, whether it be a psalm, a hymn, or a contemporary Christian song--sing praise to the Lord with all your being!
God Bless You,