A New You

“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.” (Psalms 149:1 NLT)

I’ve got to admit, I’ve wrestled with this scripture before. I’m not a songwriter and I certainly don’t have a new song each and every Sunday. I still want to live out the psalmist’s instructions. Today it occurred to me that we can only sing a new song every day because we, ourselves, are being made new. If we are living out this faith walk, we are different than we were yesterday or last week or last year. The ‘new’ in the song is us, the singer. We are learning day by day to die to our old ways and in turn, we are being transformed into the glorious image of Christ!

We sing a new song in the company of the assembly: with the faithful folks who are also being made like Him. We come together and celebrate His goodness and revel in our newness. We rejoice in our Creator, who is, in fact, remaking us still.

“O Israel, rejoice in your Maker. O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.” (Psalms 149:2 NLT)

We are a people of the new Jerusalem. We join in with God’s chosen and whisper the ancient promise to each other: “Next year in Jerusalem.” We look, with wide eyes, toward the heavenly horizon, toward home. We take steps of faith toward our future. 

Lord, thank You for making us new. Keep pouring Your Spirit into the fragile frames. Purify us as You fill us. Transform us into a people worthy of Your name and destined for Your country. Amen.