Welcome to the 40-day blog for the 2017 Summer Stretch! We hope this blog will supplement all of the many ways you are “stretching” spiritually this summer. Each day, you will find a post that corresponds with the daily scripture reading in the 40-day Stretch Journal, written by one of our fantastic First Church Staff members.
Today’s Scripture is…
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy. (Psalm 33:1-2)
Today’s blog post is by Pastor Vance…
Because of who God is, the Psalmist’s response is a song, sung joyfully and skillfully accompanied by harp and lyre. But, this isn’t just any old song that has popped into the Psalmist’s head. He hasn’t thumbed through the hymnal, looking for something familiar, tried and true.
This song is a new song!
The expression “new song” implies that God has moved in the Psalmist’s life in some way that is different and refreshing. A threshold has been crossed. Something has been discovered. There is new potential and new possibility. Something has changed. There is new joy.
Worship can be something that is primarily routine – gathering weekly to sing the assigned songs, and prayer the assigned prayers, and sit in the same seat, and listen to the same preacher. None of that is necessarily bad. In fact, good routines can form good habits and good habits can serve as a strong foundation for life.
But, worship can also be a spontaneous response of thanks and praise – anytime, anyplace, anywhere – to the greatness of who God is and the goodness of what he has done. Sometimes, only a new song will do!
You may or may not be musical. Either way, why not stop what you are doing, right now, and take a moment to offer praise and thanks for who God is and what God has done for you. Try to think of as many ways as you can to complete these words…
Lord, I praise you for…
Maybe he’ll even give you a new song to sing!
Have a great day. Have a great 40 days. Don’t forget to stretch!