COME BEFORE GOD WITH JOYFUL SONGS

By

Shelby G. Floyd

 

One of the Psalms of David helps prepare God’s people to worship him with joy and gladness of heart:

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
Come before him with joyful songs.”
Psalms 100:1-2

This congregation enjoys singing many of the old songs and many of the new songs. We are continually learning some new songs to add to the old songs we have sung for years. This is a good thing for our worship.

When we learn new songs someone must teach them to us. We’re grateful to the talented men who can do this so effectively. And we must listen to the new songs to learn the words, the rhythm, and the melody. With practice and repetition we can learn any new song and sing it effectively in our worship.

“HE HAS PUT A NEW SONG IN MY MOUTH”

David declared that “He has put a new song in my mouth,” based on one of his Psalms:

And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God: many shall see it,
and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Psalms 40:3

PUT A NEW SONG IN YOUR HEART

Has God put a new song in your mouth? Has God put a new song in your heart? When we praise God, the songs should not only be in our mouth, but also in our heart! God wants the whole earth to sing a new song in praise and worship to him. The Bible teaches emphatically and explicitly that our songs and singing to the Lord is to be with our voices only! Paul addressed the church at Ephesus in regards to their worship in song:

17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:17-19 NKJV).

There is not one verse of the New Testament that authorizes instrumental music in worship to the Almighty God!

Let us notice a few Scriptures where David and other writers of the Old Testament spoke of how much they enjoyed singing a new song to the Lord. They also exhorted the people of their day to sing a new song in worship to God.

Psalms 33: 3
Sing unto him a new song

Psalms 96: 1
O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

God wants the whole earth to sing a new song in praise and worship to him. Make it a habit to assemble with the congregation every Sunday (Lord’s Day), the first day of the week to sing and praise the Creator of the physical and spiritual universe!

Copyright © 2019 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142
shelby@thefloyds.net

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