Sing to the Lord a New Song

This meditation is based on a passage for January 14, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Isaiah 42:10-17

Reflection and Question: Psalms 96 and 98 start with this same command: “Sing to the Lord a new song!” This is an image for the Christian life that is captured in my tradition by the phrase, “Reformed and always must be reformed by God.” (Link to the Dec. 31 post) The fact is that God is always making creation new. This passage captures that in wonderful poetry. And God is making the church new, stopping us from making gods, or idols, of that which has gone before. I believe that God is doing something new in the church right now. It is awesome to be part of it. How are you singing a new song to God?

Knowledge and truth, Loud sounding wisdom sing to the Lord a new song!
Daughter and son, Loud praying members sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things, We will sing praises with a new song!
(Earth and All Stars, The Presbyterian Hymnal, p. 458)