“And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
If you were to quiz the praise band on my favorite worship song, at least a few of them would know it right off the bat. From the first time they introduced it, “Made Alive” by Citizens really connected me to worship. There’s something about a new song that helps us see something in a different light. It might reveal an idea in a way that we hadn’t considered, or use just the right words and melody to pinpoint a feeling that we hadn’t been able to put into words ourself. In fact, when we say that we’re “singing a new song”, or “there’s a new song in my heart”, we mean that we’ve had a shift in our perspective. In Psalm 40, we see David in despair. He describes his condition as being stuck in a muddy pit. He celebrates that God has heard His cry and delivered him, placing him on firm ground. Along with his change of location, God has put a new song in his mouth.
In today’s passage, those around the throne had been singing and praising, but they added a new song to their repertoire. This new song pointed to the worthiness of Christ to open the seals of the scroll because of His sacrifice. His selfless gift made his followers into a kingdom, in which they would reign and be priests.
May God put a new song in your heart today, as you focus on what He has done and what He has called us to be about in His name.
- What is your favorite worship song? What is the most powerful thing about that song to you? (share in the comments below)
- What character of God or truth about your relationship with Him can you focus on today as a new song in your heart?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?