We Long for Song

“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.”—Psalm 98:1 (NKJV)

Have you ever stopped to consider the power of a song over the human race? Think about it: No matter when you live, where you live, or who you are everyone has something inside of them that longs for a song.

This truth is so big that it’s hard to even know where to begin illustrating it. But from our fist conscious moments as infants, through our adolescence and the years when we are “finding ourselves,” all the way to the very end of our lives when we’re eulogized by others, songs play a powerful part in shaping life as we know it.

A song possesses a power that’s mysteriously hard to pin down, but its presence is undeniable. It bypasses the intellect and cuts to the front of the line in the deepest places of our soul. Songs last a lifetime, express more than their lyrics say, and can transform our entire outlook. Who hasn’t had their mood flipped while coming across that perfect song during their morning commute?

Where does everything come from and why does it exist? I submit the answers are here in Psalm 98 where the power of a song is linked to the presence of the Lord. God created us with this instinct for a song. Undoubtedly, this was to bless us and give us a means to know joy in the ways already described. But ultimately, God has given humanity this capacity for a song so we could experience its fulfillment in Him.

We’ve been wired to sing, and we sing to and for many things. But our soul’s song can only find its truest purpose when it is directed to the One for which it was ultimately created. Few things in this life compare to the creative beauty of a song. Yet such a wondrous creation can only find its true home in the presence of the Creator.

All of this is to say, when read above, “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!”, it’s a call to something special, something sacred, something satisfying. We’re tapping into one of the greatest gifts and abilities the Lord has knit into our being and exercising it to its greatest possible effect. We’re bestowing a beautiful gift upon the One who is the source of all that’s precious and beautiful.

As a new year awaits, sing a new song to the Lord . . . not just today or tomorrow. Rather, allow your life to be continually defined by the outflow of this great gift you’ve been given.

PAUSE: Why have we been wired to long for song? Who or what do you most regularly sing for?

PRACTICE: Write your own psalm today, your new song for this upcoming season.

PRAY: Father, I thank You for this new song for a new season. I pray You would work and fill me with Your Spirit daily as I walk through this new year. Give me all that I need, all that is from You, to accomplish Your will, purposes, and plans. Amen.

About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.