The Lord put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3

Be renewed in the spirit of your minds. Ephesians 4:23

Music is an important part of worship. Each Sunday, and Wednesday, we have hymns as part of our worship service. We sing hymns together; we listen to special music from choir and instrumentalists. We have hymns at funerals and at weddings. Music is often mentioned in the Bible. We have the whole book of Psalms, that’s 150 songs!

As we read in Psalm 40, God put a new song into the mouth of the psalmist. Hymns of praise are wonderful – we praise God and we are inspired. Some hymns are a little sadder, but all contain the message of this new song – we have a God that cares about us and sent Jesus as our Savior. What other response could we have but to sing these new songs of praise?

At Ed Beckler’s funeral Tuesday we sang four hymns that were familiar to most of us. Hymns of praise to God and with words comfort for those mourning. Many people singing together as we worship and mourn and share hope. Some people don’t sing – maybe because they though they didn’t sing well enough. It doesn’t matter how well or not so well we sing; God doesn’t judge us on our singing ability. As a one song says: “All God’s children got a place in the choir.”

Paul tells us in Ephesians that  we are renewed in our spirits. This isn’t a one-time thing, but an ongoing renewal. Something that happens in contrast to much of the world around us. Music is one of the best ways to connect to our Lord and savior.

In the words of Psalm 98:4: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Our hearts glorify you and shout praises into the world! We exclaim the goodness of your salvation and sing songs of thanksgiving for your love and grace. Apart from you our minds cannot refresh our spirits. Only you can renew our souls. Help us to continue to praise you without ceasing. Amen

Chris Gabel