Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.
Sing to the Lord and bless his Name;
proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations
and his wonders among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
he is more to be feared than all gods. (Psalm 96:1-4)
I have resonated with Psalm 96:1-4; granted I’ve resonated with most of the many scriptures that call us to sing. But this Psalm also calls us to not only to sing, but to sing a new song, be open to change, to seek it out and celebrate it in praise and to do so jubilantly. Do not be stuck in cliché antidotes nor repetitive practices, but draw strength from creativity allowing that energy to propel your worship beyond the bounds of Sunday school rooms, sanctuaries, cities or even countries. How wonderful is it when we are so filled with excitement for Life, we have no choice but to share that with everyone.
Change used to scare me; I can’t say it doesn’t still. But I’ve learned that it’s also exciting and in virtually every change, something new and wonderful is learned or experienced. Change is still challenging. But, by giving thanks for it, I become excited and rejuvenated. When I find myself feeling down or uninspired, I look for someway to make a change – to allow a change to happen within me. This has never failed to cause me to be overcome with emotion to the point of no choice but being thankful and directing that to the Source. And for me, especially through singing!
Heavenly Father, open my heart to receive the new experiences and perspectives you offer me; help me to proclaim that praise, which grows from all that is new, in all your world.
Darin Thompson — Work in Progress