Several passages of scripture (mostly from Psalms) speak of “a new song.” These songs offer praise. They shout for joy. They speak of love, thanksgiving, salvation, deliverance, righteousness, faithfulness, mercy, glory, jubilation, justice. They tell of all God’s creation joining together in song — animating rivers, mountains, trees, fields, the sea. They describe God’s people making music with the harp, trumpet, lyre, timbrel, ram’s horn.
As we prepare for another new year, let us join together each day this week with these new songs. Let us embrace the hope they inspire. Let us worship the God who gave them to us. Let us sing them alone. Let us sing them with others. Let us listen to them carefully. Let us sing them with abandon.
“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. The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn — shout for joy before the Lord, the King. Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.” (Psalm 98, NIV)