SINGING EVERY DAY

Ps.96:1,2 – Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

David was singing his “new song” every day. He had experienced more of God and His presence than just about anyone in history. Like he said in Psalm 23, “you anoint my head with oil, my cup is running over”. In another Psalm we hear, “my tongue is the pen of a ready writer”. Obviously, David’s joy was bubbling over. He loved what he had experienced of the goodness of God and wanted others to taste it too. What was the source of this overflowing joy? It is the river of the Spirit that flows out of the revelation of Christ. David had glimpses of His coming. He saw His birth, His eternal nature, His life and ministry, and His heavenly priesthood. What else could he do but lift up his voice and sing his new song. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s passage.

“At the very mention of his name it is meet to say, “Let him be blessed for ever.” Shew forth his salvation from day to day. The gospel is the clearest revelation of himself, salvation, outshines creation and providence; therefore let our praises overflow in that direction. Let us proclaim the glad tidings, and do so continually, never ceasing the blissful testimony. It is ever new, ever suitable, ever sure, ever perfect; therefore let us show it forth continually until he come, both by words and deeds, by songs and sermons, by sacred Baptism and by the Holy Supper, by books and by speech, by Sabbath services and weekday worship. Each day brings us deeper experience of our saving God, each day shows us anew how deeply men need his salvation, each day reveals the power of the gospel, each day the Spirit strives with the sons of men; therefore, never pausing, be it ours to tell out the glorious message of free grace.”

Spurgeon obviously had drunk deeply of this revelation of God in Christ. He said every day, day by day, we are brought deeper into this experience of Christ. We meditate on His incarnation, His sinless life, His supernatural ministry, His unthinkable suffering and death, HIs power revealed in the resurrection, and His ascension to the place of glory at the Father’s right hand and we too will be singing this new song. “Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord all the earth.”

SHOW HIS GLORY

Psa. 96:2,3 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

What exactly is the glory of the Lord? It seems that the whole purpose of the creation was to display His glory. If creation displays His glory, then we are the very work of His hands. Even in our fallen state, humanity pictures the glory of the Lord. When the Son of God became a man, we see the very radiance of the Glory of the Father on display. We see the glory in His life, His ministry, His death, His resurrection, and we see the glory shining out from Him as He rules all things by the word of His power from His place at the right hand of the Father. The greatest display of God’s glory is actually seen in the results of His work at the cross. He has redeemed fallen man from the pit of despair. He has raised us up with Him and caused us to be seated with Him in heavenly places. The beauty of the sons and daughters of God is the greatest display of God’s glory. Here are some thoughts from John Gill on showing forth the glory of the Lord.
“Declare his glory—what a glorious person the Messiah is; the brightness of his Father’s glory; having all the perfections of Deity in him; how the glory of God appears in him, and in all that he has done; and especially in the work of redemption, in which the glory of divine wisdom, power, justice, truth, and faithfulness, love, grace, and mercy, is richly displayed; say what glory he is advanced unto, having done his work, being highly exalted, set at the right hand of God, and crowned with glory and honor, and what a fulness of grace there is in him, for the supply of his people; and what a glory is on him, which they shall behold to all eternity.”
So what is our work here on earth? We are to show forth the glory of the Lord in all the earth. How can we do that? We are to tell of His testimony in us. Like the Apostle Paul who told his story of the chief of sinners and the change he experienced on the road to Damascus; we are to tell our story of redemption. We were sinners, miserable creatures, until Christ saved us and began to show His glory in our lives.

THE EVER PRESENT SONG

THE EVER PRESENT SONG

Psa. 96:1 ¶ Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

The whole creation vibrates with the sounds of God’s praise. You feel His joy in the chattering laughter of the monkeys, His love in the calling of the cardinal for his mate, His mighty power in the trumpet blast of the elephant, and His authority in the roar of the mighty lion. All of His creation is singing His song, really, the only missing voice is the silence of fallen man. I say silence because his deafness has blocked him from the sounds of worship, his heart is filled with other loves, his mouth is singing a strange song of foreign gods. The beauty of redemption is captured by the opening of the ears of our heart to hear the sounds of worship. Once our ears are opened, His praise is everywhere. The trees are singing as the wind sweeps through its branches, the ocean is singing as its waves pound steadily on the shore, even the mountains and the hills seem to be alive and bursting into song.

Is. 55:12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Even the rivers seem to be joining in with God’s happy song.

Psa. 98:8 “Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD,”

Charles Spurgeon spoke about how redemption births this happy song in our hearts. Check out his thoughts.

“The Lord always deserves to be praised for what he is in himself, for his works of creation and providence, for his goodness towards his creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of redemption, and all the marvelous blessing flowing therefrom. It is always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow; and over earthly gladness it sheds a sanctifying radiance which makes it less liable to blind us with its glare. Have we not something to sing about at this moment? Can we not weave a song out of our present joys, or our past deliverances, or our future hopes? Earth yields her summer fruits: the hay is housed, the golden grain invites the sickle, and the sun tarrying long to shine upon a fruitful earth, shortens the interval of shade that we may lengthen the hours of devout worship. By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close (or start) the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.”

If you are just starting your day stop and listen for a few moments. Turn everything off, put down your phone, turn off the television and computer and just listen. You may be surprised at the power and the clarity of His song. The song is all around you and as you listen it will break out inside of you.

E PLURIBUS UNUM

E PLURIBUS UNUM

Psa. 96:1-2 ¶ O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day.

Man has been separated from one another for a long time. We are divided by race, nationality, social stature, religion, you name it and that probably qualifies for another category of separation. All of our hearts long for unity but something inside us just promotes all these schisms. David had touched on something in his life that is the only possible source of unity. It is actually a unity of heart by the Holy Spirit that reveals itself in a new song. This new song is supernatural and is the expression of the very life of God, the joy of The Lord found only in His presence. Those who love and embrace this song of the Spirit have stepped into the potential of unity, not only with God but with brothers and sisters in Christ. Here is how Charles Spurgeon expressed this truth.

“Sing unto the Lord, all the earth. — National jealousies are dead; a Jew invites the Gentiles to adore, and joins with them, so that all the earth may lift up one common psalm as with one heart and voice unto Jehovah, who hath visited it with his salvation. No corner of the world is to be discordant, no race of heathen to be dumb. All the earth Jehovah made, and all the earth must sing to him. As the sun shines on all lands, so are all lands to delight in the light of the Sun of Righteousness. E Pluribus Unum, out of many one song shall come forth. The multitudinous languages of the sons of Adam, who were scattered at Babel, will blend in the same song when the people are gathered at Zion. Nor men alone, but the earth itself is to praise its Maker. Made subject to vanity for a while by a sad necessity, the creation itself also is to be delivered from the bondage of corruption, and brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God, so that sea and forest, field and flood, are to be joyful before the Lord. Is this a dream? then let us dream again. Blessed are the eyes which shall see the kingdom, and the ears which shall hear its songs. Hasten thine advent, good Lord! Yea, send forth speedily the rod of thy strength out of Zion, that the nations may bow before the Lord and his Anointed.”

I love what Spurgeon said, out of many one song will come forth. We recently tasted this song at a home meeting in China. These brothers and sisters did not have the freedom to worship publicly, but worship they did. The song of The Lord tasted of supernatural unity, the kind of unity not found on earth. Drinking together of His presence, worshipping together in the Spirit, there is no greater freedom found anywhere on earth. This is the kind of freedom that no man can bind up.

NEW SONG IN CHINA

NEW SONG IN CHINA

Psa. 96:1 ¶ O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.

We went to a home meeting recently in China. What a night! It was one of those precious moments when the air itself was charged with spiritual electricity. No one there could really vocalize what was happening or what we felt, but something monumental was taking place, everyone there felt the power of that moment. The power of The Lord was present among us and begin to burst out in songs. Not just ordinary songs. Yes, we did sing songs we all knew but not really. There were songs spinning out of the songs, these were spiritual songs, prophetic songs. These were the songs of The Lord singing and rejoicing over His people. God’s people have been signing these songs from the beginning of time. The prophetic plans of God are connected to His songs of joy. Here is something Spurgeon said about the new song of The Lord.

“O sing unto the Lord a new song. New joys are filling the hearts of men, for the glad tidings of blessing to all people are proclaimed, therefore let them sing a new song. Angels inaugurated the new dispensation with new songs, and shall not we take up the strain? The song is for Jehovah alone, the hymns which chanted the praises of Jupiter and Neptune, Vishnu and Siva are hushed for ever; Bacchanalian shouts are silenced, lascivious sonnets are no more. Unto the one only God all music is to be dedicated. Mourning is over, and the time of singing of hearts has come. No dismal rites are celebrated, no bloody sacrifices of human beings are presented, no cutting with knives, and outcries of lamentation are presented by deluded votaries. Joy is in the ascendant, and singing has become the universal expression of love, the fitting voice of reverent adoration. Men are made new creatures, and their song is new also. The names of Baalim are no more on their lips, the wanton music of Ashtaroth ceases; the foolish ditty and the cruel war song are alike forgotten; the song is holy, heavenly, pure, and pleasant. The psalmist speaks as if he would lead the strain and be the chief musician, he invites, he incites, he persuades to sacred worship, and cries with all his heart, “O sing unto Jehovah a new song.”

Spurgeon is describing the very heart of our Christian experience. It is our heart that has been converted. Out of the heart springs the very songs of our life. You can tell a lot about someone by the songs that they sing. What kind of song is in your heart ? After all, out of the heart flows the issues of life.
Thinking back about the meeting in China I am not really sure what all happened, all I know is that we witnessed a defining moment, that much was unmistakeable to everyone in the room. While we now see through a glass darkly, soon we will see the fruit of that prophetic night. Keep your eyes and ears open to the next chapter in China. It will be incredible, we have felt the power of its song.

A LAOTIAN THANKSGIVING

A LAOTIAN THANKSGIVING

Psa. 96:1-4 ¶ Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.

It was Thanksgiving 1976, Parris and I were part of a ministry, church planting team in Phoenix, Arizona. We had been doing door to door evangelism for several months and had started a weekly meeting with some Laotians who had just been placed in Phoenix after the Vietnam war. We loved these weekly opportunities to preach Christ to these precious people. They were desperate, and hungry for something real. Weekly they would pack the living room of one of their homes with family and friends as I preached Christ to them with an interpreter. It was refreshing for me to minister to people who were hungry for God and push beyond the culture and language barrier to receive something from the Lord. I loved those weekly services. When Thanksgiving came that year we threw a big Thanksgiving feast at our house for all of our new Asian friends. It was fun to watch their faces as they looked at our strange feast. They had never had turkey and dressing, they were really being stretched by our foreign customs.
That year, I learned something wonderful that about Thanksgiving and our Christian culture. I had always taken so many things for granted. These Laotians had actually been officers in the Laotian army and had escaped when their nation fell to the communists. They had lost everything and were having to make a brand new start. They had never experienced the freedoms we have taken for granted that have been given to us as a Christian heritage from our forefathers. We are blessed and have much to be thankful for in our nation.
Our country was birthed by people in search of religious freedom. Many of those early Americans had been born again and were refugees from their countries. Like Abraham, they were pilgrims and strangers looking for another city. As a matter of fact, they called themselves Pilgrims. They were looking for the city of God. Our country was the first nation founded by Christians as a place of refuge for other pilgrims and strangers. Oh how the times have changed!
Just as those Laotians had been thrown out of their homeland, our forefathers were outcastes as well. The Lord honored their faith and our nation was born, one nation under God. This Thanksgiving I want to be thankful. I want to remember how the Lord has blessed us. I want to see the Lord restore our land once again.