Excerpt from: My All in All by Robert J. Morgan
READING: Psalm 96
I receive a lot of letters because of my book Then Sings My Soul on the history of hymns. One man wrote to thank me for helping preserve the stories of the old hymns, but he added, “I just can’t stand all this new music with the drums and everything. I love the old songs.”
I wrote back and told him I love the old hymns, too, but that if there’s ever a generation of believers that doesn’t write its own music, Christianity is dead. Every generation expresses their faith with original songs that flow from their hearts. We need to sing the old songs. But we also need the new ones.
The Church has always practiced “blended worship,” combining old hymns with newer compositions, and it reminds me of Jesus words in Matthew 13:52: “Every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.”
The writer of Psalm 96 wrote a new hymn, and he wanted everyone singing it—all the earth. If all the earth were singing the Songs of Zion, all the earth would be happy, at peace, at one with God and each other, and blessed beyond measure.
You and I are included in that phrase “all the earth.” So sing a new song to the Lord with all your heart. Or at least sing an old song with new vigor…
“For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised.”
I am reminded in this devotion that singing to the Lord is more than a ceremonious or dutiful expression of worship. It is meant to tell a story – a testimony of dedication and declaration of our faith. It preserves the history of our journey and strengthens the Christian to stand strong in both trails and triumphs!
A wonderful exchange occurs. We gain from the blessing of lifting our voice to God – for He is faithful in return to those who remember ALL that He has done. Enjoy worshiping our Lord, bring it boldly and loudly before His presence, whether it be melodiously or rockin’ out – He will see it as New Treasure as well as Old. [Matt 13:52 NIV]
Bless the Lord!