"I will sing a new song". Have you ever wondered about this phrase in the Bible? It is used 9 times in the Scriptures (6 in Psalms, 1 in Isaiah, and 2 in Revelation). If you are anything like me, I grew up on, and still sing, the "old hymns". So how does this tie into singing a "new song" unto the Lord?
When the phrase, "new song" is used, it is connected with a new experience or new blessings on behalf of the one singing. Such a new blessing would merit an altogether new song from the one praising God.
Don't get me wrong, this is not a condemnation of hymns or a commendation of "new stuff". It is simply a Biblical truth that sometimes a new song should be learned or sung to better communicate the current blessings of God in our life.
As a senior in High School, I heard an old song for the first time. It was not a new song, actually when I heard it for the first time it was 70 years old! Bro. Bill Reed was leading singing, and departed from the "normal songs" to lead a hymn entitled "cleanse me". Yep, I grew up in church and didn't hear it until I was 18! At that juncture in my life that song encapsulated everything in my heart better than any song I had ever heard! It was a new song that I was able to learn and more clearly praise the Lord with.
DON'T get stuck in a rut of songs. Find holy, good, and God honoring songs that can communicate new and fresh praise. It doesn't matter if the song is hundreds of years old or written yesterday, just so long as it is new to YOU. Again, this is not an uplifting of everything new... quite the contrary, as much that is new is not God honoring. But don't discount a song just because you have never heard it. Instead use it as an opportunity to praise Him.
Open a hymnal and find a hymn you don't know and learn it. You can find out how the melody goes by doing a quick search on youtube or google. learn it, and sing a new song to the Lord today.
Daily Scripture Reading
“I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.”