Friday, November 11, 2016

New Hallelujah!

"Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.” Psalms 149:1, 5

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Lifting up the name of the Lord God of the Universe is our duty and privilege. As saints of God (believers), we are to “be joyful in glory”. Literally, be so moved and influenced by the glory, grace and majesty of our God that we praise with exuberance and excitement. In church or out in the mission field of life we should be known for praise.
Notice that our song is to be a new song. Some would say that this means no evidence of anything of the old life or experiences before Christ. Yet those life experiences, feelings and understanding weight our praise. The truth is also old and unchanging, we must not ignore that in our new song.

I believe our praise is to be ever new and fresh, not some vain repetition of a cold and distant relationship. Praise is about our heart, our emotions, and an active relationship with our Savior! When our heart is right, we can praise with words and songs of old and yet those words and songs will not always allow us to express as fully or naturally as we would like great praise in our own language of love. God has made us unique and brought us through some distinctive life experiences. As we grow, our worship and praise should grow but never old or stale. Every day may our praise be new.

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