Joy to the world the Lord is come, let earth receive her king. Let heaven and nature sing! We are in that season of hearing and singing Christmas songs. Psalm 96 encourages us to ‘sing to the Lord a new song’ today. What is on your heart this morning? A new song?
1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13
Heaven and nature rejoices before the Lord. We have a hard time understanding how the earth can respond to God, yet it does. Even the rocks cry out. So how about you? Do you have a song of rejoicing to sing back to God for creating you and sending Jesus the King into the world?
God’s hand is marvelous in our world. His salvation can be proclaimed every day. Which is appropriate because we need his salvation as much today as we did yesterday. And so part of our declaration of God’s deeds and his goodness to us in salvation is acceptance that we need it.
We fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and he is faithful to accept us and show mercy to us out of the goodness of his nature.
So what is my song today? I have a song of thanksgiving on my heart for the blessings of God in his mercy and grace. I sing of my desire to serve him and live as a reflection of Jesus today. In the minor chords of my song I lament that I haven’t served God and walked with him fully at time. And yet the refrain I celebrate over and over is his grace to bend down and pick me up to walk as his child…