Saturday, September 3, 2011

Same Chorus, New Verse

Psalm 96:1
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Back in the “Olden Days”, we had a record player in our home which provided entertainment as we listened to and sang along with the music.  Some of the records even had scenes on them that you could see as they rotated on the platter.  (OK, I had to google to see what that part was named.) When playing a record, if it had a scratch or deep groove, the needle would stick and keep repeating the same words and music over and over again.  After the arm was gently nudged, the rest of the song could be enjoyed.

I am in the process of reading through the Psalms.  Repeatedly, the writer’s remind us to sing a “New Song” to the Lord.  When I came to Psalm 136, I was reminded that it is a history of the ways God blessed and provided for His people from the beginning of time.  Each verse states what God accomplished, followed by “His love endures forever”.  Then it lists the next event that occurred followed by “His love endures forever”.  All twenty-nine verses include the reminder of God’s everlasting love as it recounts their history.

Just like God’s people in the past, God is writing verses of His love and provision for the song of my life.  It is amazing to look back, remember, and share those events.  But I don’t want to be stuck in a rut, like the grooved record, and miss out on the new verse God wants to write for my heart song.  And the chorus will continue to be… “His love endures forever”…

Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

Psalm 98:1
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.

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