Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

An ancient depiction of Christians singing to the Lord.

Sing a New Song

Psalm 9:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. 

Like many Psalms, Psalm 9 was written for the director of music. In other words, it was to be made a song sung in worship and reverence to our heavenly Father.  One of the great qualities we learn from King David was that he kept a living connection to God in prayer.  No doubt, we all want to connect to God more. 

It seems one of the ways David connected to God was through songs.  As we read the Psalms, we can see the motive behind the song most often began with King David trying to start a connection or appreciate his connection to God. Many times, this started with prayer and ended in song.

Paul Baloche, a Christian songwriter, stated once that 90% of songwriting is in capturing ideas.  The Apostle Paul instructed the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing,” and to the Ephesians he encouraged, “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:19).

You may think, “With all this time spent in prayer and singing, I won’t have time for my own thoughts.”  And maybe that is the point to our scripture above.  In a world full of self-motivation, self-love, self-righteousness, self-indulgence and pleasure; King David reminded us, Paul instructed us to let our minds and thoughts be filled with godly activity.  In doing so, we will grow a closer connection to our heavenly Father and His son, Jesus. 

So give it a try. Find a favorite scripture or take a prayer and make it a song.  Watch how the pains and frustrations and bitter nuisances of this world fade away. Your heart will rejoice and be glad in God our Savior. 

Heavenly Father, help us to set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth. And give us a new song to sing for your glory, for we know our life is hid in your son Jesus.