God wants to put a new song in our hearts. It’s true! Scripture tells us in Psalm 40:3, “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” The thing about a new song is: it hasn’t been done before. We sing many songs of praise to our God, but He says it’s time for a new song to come from our lips.

Have you ever been in a worship service and haven’t had a clue how the songs they were singing went? I have. I like to think I know a lot of worship songs, but there have been times I have felt like an outsider. Lyrics are flashing on the screen and my brain is seeing and not singing. By the time I finally get the hang of what’s happening we’ve moved on. I’m left feeling like I almost got my praise on. If it’s happened for me, I’m pretty sure it’s happened to others too. Each church seems to have its own praise style. It can take some time to get into the swing of how things go. By the time we finally learn these songs, we cling to them because they are what we know.

The thought of singing a new song can be as scary as thinking we have to sing a solo in front of everyone. How can we possibly sing something we don’t know? At least with us singing a song from the giant screen, if we mess up, no one knows. Everyone else is singing the same song too. The idea of doing something that would draw us out of the crowd can be overwhelming, but that’s exactly what God wants us to do! I believe God is pleased when we can collectively sing praises to Him through song, but somewhere between the screen and ourselves is the new song God has personally selected and placed on our individual hearts. We just need to embrace it. No fear! Step out into the uncomfortable zone!

It’s quite clear that it’s God Himself that has placed the song there. The Psalmist doesn’t say, “I learned a new song,” or “I earned a new song.” He says, “God put a new song on our hearts.” It has been written from a place that connects us personally to Him. Maybe it was the first time you and the Savior met, or when He saved your loved one from a crippling disease. It is mind-blowing when we think about where we were before God stepped in! The natural response is to praise Him for what He’s done! But sometimes we get trapped with worrying what others will say if we sing against the flow. So we pull back to what we know. There is nothing wrong with singing praises that we’ve sung before. It reminds us of how great our God is and has been, but next level praising is just around the corner. God writes His messages upon our hearts. He leads us to where we need to be through our hearts. The very desires of our hearts are the footprints of the Father.

When we celebrate the new song God has given us to sing, we break free from the burdens that bind us. Those around us will begin to see this freedom we are experiencing and start to tune into their own new song. The psalmist says, “…Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” This fear here is a reverent fear. That because of our heartfelt worship, and us singing a song so personal, it breaks the chains that bind us.

God’s calling for us to come together in His presence, in His sanctuary, and sing His new song He has placed on our hearts. I imagine that when we do, there will be a shift in the atmosphere of praise! I believe that healing will occur, lives will be saved, it will be a day like no other day of praise! The new song God has for us to sing is waiting to be sung by each and every one of us. So this week, while we are in worship, sing past the screen. His praises are waiting to be made new by me and you too. Have a blessed week.

Kristin Tucker
Director of Worship Arts