Sing to God a brand-new song.
He’s made a world of wonders! He rolled up his sleeves,
He set things right. Psalm 98:1 The Message
Have you ever wondered where, or how the Church got all of the hymns, praise songs and worship choruses? There are literally hundreds, maybe thousands of them! Some of the songs we sing in Church every Sunday were written from a place of pain and despair. Others were birthed from hearts full of hope. But many of the popular hymns and worship songs which have been sung through the years came from a place of excitement and personal, or corporate revival.
In other words…these songs come to us as a response from people who were in the middle of experiencing something new and fresh from God.
When God does something new in us, we should bring new worship to Him!
Now, maybe you’re thinking…”what if I don’t write music, or know how to play an instrument?” Remember this: Worship is a lifestyle. It’s never just about the songs we sing in church!
So when I say that we should bring new worship to God when he’s in the midst of doing something new in our lives, I mean that we should, in return, seek to worship, praise and thank Him in new ways, rather than what we’ve always done in the past.
In order to understand this approach to new worship, we need to remember that God is always on the move. He’s never a stagnant, boring God. Neither should our worship to Him be stagnant and boring. The challenge for each of us is to look for how He’s moving in and around our lives and respond with adventurous and fresh worship!
I’m excited to talk more about this at all of our weekend services this week as I’ve invited our new worship director, Eliot Stone to join me in teaching. You’ll enjoy his insights into how music and other forms of art are meant to be authentically worshipful. We hope you’ll join us!
Grace and Peace.