‘Sing to the Lord a new song’ Psalm 96:1 – Give Your Praise a Makeover

Sing to the Lord a new song. Psalm 96:1Is it time for a praise makeover?

It’s not so funny, but I can turn on a popular Christian radio station here in the Nashville area that I have listened to about 10 times in the last 10 years and pretty much sing along with all of the songs. It drives me a little bit crazy. They’re great songs, but hasn’t someone out there written something decent in the last 10 years? Psalm 96:1 says, ‘Sing to the Lord a new song,’ and I think that there’s a pretty great reason for that. Sometimes our praise needs a makeover.

If you haven’t been in a hole for the past decade, you’ve probably seen an extreme makeover show. They’re great! I particularly enjoy them when they find an odd looking person who is still trying to wear the same clothes they were wearing when they were a teenager.

All I have to do is say the word spandex, and you know what I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong, I had the Michael Jackson jacket with all of the zippers too. I even had the matching pants. They were SO cool!!! …about 30 years ago.  Not so cool today.

If you care about your appearance, you can’t wear the same clothes and styles that you wore 20 years ago because things have changed. Your waist isn’t the same size as it was then. It’s winter, and those neon converse are kind of clashing with the fur coat.

I think you get the picture. There’s something similar that happens with our praise.

We aren’t the same person we were 20 years ago, 10 years ago, or even 10 weeks ago. We change. God doesn’t, but we do.Perfect praise always comes from acknowledging God in the present.

Perfect praise always comes from acknowledging God in the present. We can be grateful for the past and thankful for what He’ll do in the future, but we are alive and we live in the here and now.

Imagine if your spouse or the person you were dating just kept writing the same love letter to you over and over again. It could be a really amazing love letter, but if it’s still talking about your first kiss and you’ve been married for 20 years, there may be a problem in paradise.

I want to know that my wife is excited about being in a relationship with me right now. I want to hear her tell me that my prematurely gray hair is kind of sexy. I want her to tell me that our relationship is more significant today than it was when we first met. I want to hear her tell me that she is happy to be doing life with me today, and yes… I want her to be excited about our recent kisses too.

I think that God has similar desires. I think that He longs to hear affection that comes from your current relationship. I think He wants to hear how you love Him in your present circumstances. I think He wants us to, ‘Sing to the Lord a new song.’

Don’t try to walk into God’s presence wearing the same praise that fit you 10 years ago.
Don’t try to walk into God’s presence wearing the same praise that fit you 10 years ago. It is outdated. Give yourself a modern-day praise makeover.

I have a little challenge for you. It may seem awkward, but trust me it’s worth it. Next time you have a moment with God, make up a song for him. It doesn’t have to be something formal that you write and perform. It can simply be a melody of words that are pouring out of your current love for God. Sing about what He’s doing for you, how you’re feeling, and what you’re asking for. Sing about your love for Him.

God says that kind of praise is beautiful, and that’s exciting.

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Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

  • Rob Ashcraft

    I agree… as a writer of modern P&W, I have been exceedingly frustrated with the unreceptiveness of the publishers and record companies to even take a look at material from new writers. I have had more luck with pitching my music to the Rock and Country secular publishers, artists and studios. just sayin’…

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      I’ve never had to deal much with the record labels, but living in Nashville, TN – I have many friends who do. It unfortunately seems like that is a common sentiment. Do you have a link to any of your music? I’d enjoy checking it out.

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