Recently I received an interesting question for an upcoming panel discussion:
What is and is not the “new song” referred to in Isaiah 42:10 and Psalm 96:1?
Interesting question. I’ve heard many worship leaders quoting these Scriptures, mostly before they introduce a new song to the congregation. However, digging a little deeper into these verses reveals that there’s something deeper being said.
What is the “new song”?
-Both of these verses in context are talking about the coming Messiah, so the “new song” should be a song centered on Christ.
-Under the law (old song) believers were justified by the sacrifice of animals, but our “new song” should be about grace through faith in Christ.
-2 Cor 5:17 says we believers are a “new creation”, so our “new song” should be sung from a redeemed position and not people still awaiting rescue.
-The “new song” is both historical and prophetic regarding Christ. He has come and he is coming back!
-The “new song” is meant for every believer regardless of age, ethnicity, language etc.
-The Scripture encourages us to join together as a church to sing.
What is not a “new song”
-This is tricky, but we know based upon the Scriptures that it is not referring to a newly created musical work. We can sing “Amazing Grace” as our “new song”.
-It’s also not a style of music. I recently about a church that only allows hymns and southern gospel songs to be sung in their church. This is wrong on several fronts.
-I believe the “new song” is to be centered on the completed work of Christ. Songs that are purely historical, while having a purpose, would not be considered a “new song”.
-I believe the “new song” must have lyrical content. A symphony is beautiful, but the purpose of the “new song” is to tell the Gospel and shine a light on Christ.
-It’s the song of the redeemed. Only we believers can sing a “new song” to the Lord.
I know I’ve missed many things here. Feel free to add your thoughts.
Be blessed and sing a new song to the Lord today!