Is. 42:10 Sing to the LORD a new song,
And His praise from the ends of the earth,
You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!
Singing is a gift and the invention of God. Singing is the expression of our hearts, it displays the things we love and feel strongly about. We sing about our lovers, our dreams, our troubles, and even about our troubles. Singing can strengthen us when we are weak, encourage us when we are down, or even console us in our darkest days. We celebrate our victories with singing and “rally the troops” for battles yet won.
In today’s verse Isaiah is prophesying about a future day when all of the earth would sing. Actually he was describing the joy that began on the day of Pentecost and is still spreading to the nations now. All the earth will reverberate with the joyful song in preparation for the Lord’s return. That is what we are working for, that is why we too are singing. Matthew Henry spoke about this gospel day in the 1700’s. Here are some of His words.
“Now, this being the new thing which God declares, the newness of the song which is to be sung on this occasion is this, that whereas, before, the songs of the Lord were very much confined to the temple at Jerusalem (David’s psalms were in the language of the Jews only, and sung by them in their own country only; for, when they were in a strange land, they hung their harps on the willow-trees and could not sing the Lord’s song, as we find, Ps.137: 2-4), now the songs of holy joy and praise shall be sung all the world over. The Gentile nations shall share equally with the Jews in New-Testament blessings, and therefore shall join in New-Testament praises and acts of worship. There shall be churches set up in Gentile nations and they shall sing a new song.”
Henry lived just before the great modern missionary movement began. He would have burst into song himself if he had seen what is happening in world evangelism today. The good news is that we are in it. We are in the gospel day. The earth is bursting into song, the final Hallelujah Chorus about to begin. It’s time to join in with the song. It’s time for all of us to sing the new song among the nations.