Psalm 96
Expositor's Dictionary of Texts
O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
A New Song

Psalm 96:1

What does a 'new song' mean?

I. A living experience. There never has been an age of great poetry which was not first an age of great action, great thought, great living. We shall never sing a new song till we have lived a real, pulsing, genuine new life of our own, not the pale shadow of other and greater lives. Whatever songs and Psalms come echoing down the ages, we must hear God's voice with our own ears.

II. A bright outlook and bold spirit. The faith that has no future has no song on its lips, for there is no hope in its heart. History never 'repeats' itself; every nation has a new role to fill, a new destiny to attain, a future of its own to mould and conquer. God has given us a new time and a glowing future, and He looks that we should sound out of this new time a new song.

III. What shall be the keynote of our new song to God in this generation? Shall it not still be Jesus? The highest genius may well lay its brightest tribute of rhythm and melody at His feet, and the lowliest voice may acceptably sing it. A songless faith is a dying faith. A faith that has a true song in it has the future before it, and heaven at last, where the multitude who no man can number will sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, ancient as time, yet new as the morning.

—W. R. Inge, Christian World Pulpit, p. 290.

References.—XCVI. 9.—J. Bolton, Selected Sermons (2nd Series), p. 159. XCVI.—International Critical Commentary, vol. ii. p. 303. XCVII. 2.—G. W. Brameld, Practical Sermons, p. 304. H. Melvill, Penny Pulpit, No. 2603.

Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
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