In Psalm 40:3, a “new song” is known as a “tehillah” – a spontaneous song sung to the Lord as worship, based on what He has done for you. (Read more about “tehillah” here) It springs from your spirit in a moment of pure thanksgiving and as you minister that new song to Him, His Spirit is blessed by your heartfelt worship. When the Lord puts a new song in your mouth, your responsibility is to sing it out in worship. This is a faith-building action that will not only bless the Lord, but will also be a testimony to others, witnessing to them of His greatness, His faithfulness, His power.
The responsibility of the worshipper is to sing the new song, even if it feels uncomfortable. Feeling uncomfortable in worship is a good thing. It means you are doing exactly what God has called you to do, walking in obedience by offering yourself as a sacrifice, just as Jesus did for you. True worship is ministering to the Lord by putting to death how you feel. No sacrifice of any kind should be easy. Sacrifice is defined by difficultly. The greater the difficulty, the greater the sacrifice, the greater the blessing to the Lord. That is the ultimate act of worship for a believer!
Feeling uncomfortable in worship is a good thing. It means you are doing exactly what God has called you to do, walking in obedience by offering yourself as a sacrifice, just as Jesus did for you
If you don’t feel like you have a new song, or if you can’t find anything within you from which to worship the Lord, the heart of the issue is thanksgiving, a lack of gratitude. You can say that you are grateful to the Lord, but if you’re struggling to worship, gratitude is exactly the issue. Why? In Psalm 50:14 the Lord says that thanksgiving is a sacrifice that truly honors Him. We express thanksgiving in our worship- physically, as the Bible expresses it to us. Raising our hands, shouting, dancing, singing and more- setting aside ourselves to lift Him high. Thanksgiving is the point of origin for all worship!
Once you begin to focus on all you are thankful for instead of all you are worried about, or all that bothers you, or all the problems, frustrations and pain you’re walking in, then you enter into true, spirit-led worship and you’ll begin by thanking the Lord for each thing. Hallelujah! Your new song is written!
He has already put a new song, a fresh testimony in your mouth because of His constant faithfulness, even in the little things each day. As you think of these things, use them to stir up your spirit, to power your worship and watch to see what God will do with that kind of sacrifice!
Thought for today
“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me…” (Psalm 50:14) Honor the Lord today in your worship by singing the new song He wrote for you. You are entering into a brand new season. What is God calling you to this year? What are you thankful for? If you want God to do something new for you, do something new for Him. Your worship is all He’s asked for in return for the work He’s done (and will continue to do) in your life.