The New Song
In Psalm 96, David emphasized, through various poetic devices, the necessity of singing confidently about the Lord's reign, even though it is not yet a present reality. He wants us to sing this way because in so doing, it shapes our hearts. A recognition and acknowledgment of the realities of Christ's future reign causes us to sing a new song. And this brings us full circle, right back to the opening line of the psalm: Oh sing to the Lord a new song. What is this new song? This new song is directly connected to the central purpose and message of the psalm. This phrase “new song” appears five other times in the psalms and another time in Isaiah, and each one is a similar kind of expression as we see here: a call to sing to the Lord a new song But the phrase also appears two times in [more]