What does the Bible have to say about new songs or new music, and what can new songs mean for us?
Here are some scripture verses about a having a new song and thoughts about how new songs bring new life.
A new song, wherever you are!
Sing a new song to the LORD. Sing His praise from the ends of the earth, you people who sail on the seas and all the creatures that live in them, you coastlands and all who live on them.
- Isaiah 42:10
God has given us the gift of music so that we might creatively express thoughts and feelings with a depth of emotional and spiritual meaning that goes beyond what mere words can convey. He has given music as a tool whereby we might respond and communicate with each other and with Him. He has given us the ability to appreciate and enjoy music. And, He has given us the ability to create music.
When we return a new song to God in praise, we have completed a circle of giving. He gives the capabilities to hear various pitches, to internalize rhythms, and to understand the meaning of lyrics. He has created, and He gives us the ability to create. God has given to us a revelation of truth or a new way to express truth that becomes the message and style, melody and rhythm, harmony and expression of the new song. Together, these elements form the whole of a gift that we can then give back to our Father God as we worship Him.
No matter where we are, we can live in relationship with God in a way that allows Him to give us a song. Whether your song is one you recently discovered, written by someone else, which expresses exactly where you are on your spiritual journey or whether God used your gifts to write the song 6 minutes ago, He knows when our hearts are pouring out a new message of love and thankfulness to HIm.
A new song as a personal expression of worship
I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You.
- Psalm 144:9
At its highest and noblest purpose, music can be a vehicle whereby we communicate the truths of God's word or His character and lift that message up to God in worship, with the purpose of bringing glory to Him, encouraging the body of Christ, and sharing a message of testimony and truth that God's Spirit can use to draw hearts to the Lord.
A new song as congregational praise
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.
- Psalm 149:1
There are times when we need a new song. Perhaps the songs we already know don't say exactly what we want to say. Perhaps God has given inspiration for both melody and words to say something new or to share a well-loved truth in a new way. Every song begins with an idea, whether that idea is a musical idea or a lyrical one. However, songs that are written to bring glory to God begin with something more profound: a revelation. God speaks to the heart of the songwriter or lyric writer through His Spirit, through the Word, through something that someone says, or a book or article, or even through His creation. A revelation of spiritual truth can also come through the lessons in a time of trial or even in a time of victory as we learn to trust God in all of life. All of these kinds of experiences can be used by God to inspire someone that He has gifted with songwriting abilities in the creation of a new song. This song in turn can become a vehicle for the writer and sometimes for the praise of the congregation or for multititudes of congregations.
A new song as a hymn of praise and a powerful testimony that draws others to the Lord
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.
- Psalm 40:3
In our experience, the music that Travis has been inspired to write has been a chronicle of our spiritual journey and what the Lord has been doing in our hearts along the way. Many of these songs were born out of a moment of recognition or revelation when a spiritual lesson was beginning to become a clear guiding light of recognizable truth that God would use to move us further along down the road to becoming more like Jesus. Many of these spiritual life lessons are truths that we thought we already knew. However, God has allowed us to experience them in a deeper or more profound way that has changed our perspective, focused our efforts, and refined our character. For example, we had always heard and read and known intellectually that God is faithful. However, through some rocky experiences over a long period of time and the simple fact that we were able to hang in there and keep hoping until we saw the faithfulness of God manifested in various situations, God taught us again to trust His faithfulness. We learned once more that we could choose to trust Him even when we had no understanding of why things happened as they did and even when every fiber of our being was desperately crying out for resolution to pain and crisis NOW! We learned that we have the easy part (if you could call waiting in desperation easy) of just holding on, while God is not only working throughout the situation but also working in the hearts of we who are struggling to believe while knowing that we must believe even when belief seems contrary to every indicator of reality. How patient He is with us as we learn the same lessons over and over again, hopefully at a deeper level of spiritual understanding and growth. Out of such experiences came songs like Travis' "God is Faithful," "I Am Here," (the assurance of God's presence) and "Much More Than a Song" (the recognition of the fact that God is worthy of praise in any circumstance).
A new song as a Psalm of thanks for what God has done.
Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; His holy arm has shown his saving power!
- Psalm 98:1
The fact that God continues to give "a new song" is an encouragement for individual Christians and for the people of God. It means that God is still at work in the hearts of His people. It means that God is still "with us" and is striving to complete His work in our lives, as He has promised. It means that God's patience (long-suffering) is still delaying His judgement of this world because of His mercy and grace and His great love. Like a sermon or a book that someone has been inspired to write and to proclaim, a new song means that there are still lessons to learn and souls that need to be saved. As long as God continues to inspire new songs as messages of His love, His faithfulness, His mercy and grace, His plan for our lives and for all of creation, God's people are reminded through another means that God is still working to accomplish His purposes. His Spirit is working in our hearts, His Word is instructing us in righteousness, and the messages that God inspires men to write or speak or act or paint or sing or sculpt (and, especially, to live!) are testimonies of God's faithfulness in all of these things.
A new song for everyone!
Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
- Psalm 96:1
Some of the songs that individuals feel inspired to write may never be heard by many people. The purpose of a song may be as an individual expression of praise to God. This kind of new song is very personal to the writer as a part of their spiritual journey and may exist only to serve as a vehicle of praise for that person. Someone who has never thought of themselves as a song writer may even find themselves singing to the Lord in worship with lyrics that are uniquely their own. A song does not have to be sung by millions in order to be a valid expression of praise to God. He knows when your "new song" expresses the praises of your heart or speaks of a lesson learned or a truth that has been understood in a new way. In essence, every time we sing any song of praise to God, it can be a "new song" of praise to Him when it becomes the very real and sincere praise of the present moment, when our hearts cry out anew in thankfulness and awe.
A new song in Heaven
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain; and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
- Revelation 5:9
Our God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. But His creation continues to change even as He creates newness in hearts and lives. The heartbreak of pain and loss will not always be with us. All of the trials of this world are temporary. Someday, He will make all things new, just as He is now making our hearts new. The process of His work on our spiritual creation gives us some new songs to sing along the way. Is is a joy to know that someday we will sing of His victory in a place where there is no more to overcome. We will have overcome all things through the blood of the Lamb, through the giving of our lives to Him, through the Word of truth, and through the word of our testimony. Our songs of trusting God when we don't understand will become obsolete. Finally, we will know Him even as we are known, and God will give us a new song of thanksgiving and praise for all of eternity.
A new song of joy
Sing a new song of praise to Him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
- Psalm 33:3
For now, we will continue our songs, both old and new. We will sing of God's salvation and power. We will sing of His faithfulness and love. We will sing of God's mercy and His amazing grace. We will sing with joy, for we know that we are not the only ones who are singing. Our God rejoices over us as his dearly beloved children, and He sings over us as well. He is with us. He is mighty in power and yet tender and gentle in His patience, renewing us with His love until that day when we will dwell with Him and the former things will all pass away
His song for you and me
The LORD your God is with you. He is a hero who saves you. He happily rejoices over you, renews you with his love, and celebrates over you with shouts of joy.
- Zephaniah 3:17
My husband, singing his song, "Much More Than a Song" (available as a Vocal Solo or Choral Anthem on http//:www.worshipsounds.com )
This post was written by Cynthia A. Boyd and was originally published on our Worship Sounds Music blog @
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