You can suggest singing. You can even command it, as a choir director does when he gives orders to go back to do a line over to get it correctly sung. But you cannot make a sad person sing a joyful song. Singing expresses the con¬dition of the heart. Singing is not merely making sounds with the vocal cords and lips. Sincere singing expresses what is in the heart. You have to have a reason in the heart to sing joyfully.
The psalmist had abundant reason, and therefore urges us to join him when in Psalm 98:1 he says, “0 sing unto the Lord a new song; for He hath done marvelous things: His right hand and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory.”
What a reason that is for us to join him! Do I need to urge you to join with him in singing our Psalter versification:
Unto God our Savior Sing a joyful song;
Wondrous are His doings, For His arm is strong.
He has wrought salvation, He has made it known,
And before the nations is His justice shown.
Indeed, what a reason for singing! God’s right hand and His holy arm has gotten Him the victory over sin and death! And that right hand and holy arm is His only begotten Son. He is now seated at God’s right hand in our resurrected flesh. But in His person He is God, and the right and holy arm of God that saves us from sin and death.
What a wonder that salvation is, for we do not deserve it. In fact we deserve the opposite. What a wonder also, for His Son came to us by a virgin birth, and in that flesh brought an everlasting punishment to an end! The holy God dealt with an unholy people in most tender love and mercy!
Appreciate what He did for you. Thank Him for it. And sing a new song to Him in the season when we con-sider His Son’s suffering for us. But also do that every day of the year. That salvation is a wonderful reason for singing His praises, and for singing joyfully.
Read: Psalm 98
Psalter versification: 262:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.