Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. The LORD has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations. Psalm 98:1-2
When Christians sing this “new song,” we do not mean “new” in the sense that the song has just recently been written. The verse above refers to a song thousands of years old. Yet when sung by someone with a “clean heart” in whom the right spirit has been renewed, it is filled with new feeling and made into a new song. We sing to the Lord with hearts filled with love for Him who first loved us.
The Lord has made His salvation known to the world through His Holy Word. We do not sing “our own” song. Our new song boasts of the glory of the Lord and the marvelous things He has done. The salvation He brings to save us from eternal damnation gives us cause for celebration.
Christ’s gift of righteousness has brought healing to our wounded bodies and souls, giving us strength and newness of life. St. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” We celebrate our renewal through faith with songs of joy, giving thanks and praise to Christ our Lord, for He alone is worthy of our eternal praise.
Prayer: Dear Lord God, we praise and thank You for fulfilling the promises of Your Holy Word in sending Your Son, Jesus, to redeem us from all our sins. Amen.
© 2006 Lutheran Hour Ministries
These devotions have been written by Rev. Paul and Kaye Wolff. Rev. Paul Wolff is a 1996 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has served as a pastor in the Detroit area for 10 years. He and co-author wife, Kaye, live in Southfield, Michigan.
Kaye Dumas Wolff is Chairperson of the Black Ministry Church Planting Task Force and a Mission Affiliate of LCMS World Missions where she serves as a training facilitator for laity in evangelism and mission work. Kaye serves on the Advisory Council of the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and she is a presenter for Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Equipping to Share Workshop.
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