Sing A New Song
December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.” This is how Psalm 98 bursts into praising the loving and trustworthy God with a variety of music instruments and by inviting the entire creation to join in shouts of joy. When the ancient Israelites thought of God, their first reaction was praise; not what they can get from God or measuring God on whether God seems to be doing what they need, but simply enjoying and celebrating God for who God is in all His love. Praise doesn’t ask “What have you done for me lately?” but instead exclaims “How great Thou art!” Psalms scholar Walter Brueggemann explains praise for us: “All of life is aimed toward God and finally exists for the sake of God. Praise articulates and embodies our capacity to yield, submit, and abandon ourselves in trust and gratitude to the One whose we are. We have a resilient hunger to move beyond self. God is addressed not because we have need, but simply because God is God.” As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, may the joy of God’s love inspire you to sing a new song to the Lord!