A NEW SONG
Excerpts of Pastor Idowu Iluyomade’s Sermon at the Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, August 6, 2017
“I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. AND HE HATH PUT A NEW SONG IN MY MOUTH...” - Psalm 40:1-3
The month of August has been declared by the Lord as the month that we will all sing a new song. This is good news that is so exhilarating, as it means no more lamentations or grumbling and no more singing of dirges or old songs. I welcome you into a new season and a new dawn of success, promotion, wholeness and fulfilment of dreams. Hallelujah!
The Psalmist, David must have found himself in an unpalatable situation. There must have been some kind of trouble that he was dealing with and he was in danger of being overwhelmed. He likened his situation to a horrible pit and a miry clay. The Bible says David waited patiently, possibly for the move of God. This means his problem must have taken a while. Probably people had been mocking him, saying "anointed king with no throne" or "anointed king who is a fugitive. David must have been singing an old song reflecting his situation, or else why would God say that he will sing a New Song.
In like manner, Naomi sang an old song in Ruth 1:20. She went abroad with great expectation of success, but her hope was dashed when she lost her husband and two sons and had to return to Bethlehem. Her song was “God has dealt bitterly with me.” However, God changed Naomi’s song from a song of lamentation in Ruth 4:15-17 to a New Song, and God gave her a restorer in her old age in her grandchild, Obed.
Reading through the Psalms, you will see variously where David lamented. People express themselves in songs to reflect their various experiences of life. They have various songs for when sad, discouraged, in love, victorious, or when they experience breakthroughs in their lives. A song has a way of affecting people by lifting up or dampening their moods or spirit. That is why commercial stores and praise singers use songs to control moods and mannerisms of people. Like David, you may find yourself lamenting and singing old songs reflecting your current experiences, God says you will sing a New Song in Jesus Name!
When Do You Sing New Songs?
A New Song always comes when God has changed your story and the waiting is over; when you are victorious given the marvelous things God has done in your life. The Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians for 430 years, limited and stagnant They were lamenting, singing old songs, but in one day God changed their story and all their enemies perished in the Red Sea. When Moses saw Pharaoh and his chariots overthrown by God in the Red Sea, he wrote a New Song and sang with all the people. It was a personal New Song recounting all that God did for them as recorded in Exodus 15:11. I prophesy that God will give you your own New Song in Jesus Name. In 1 Samuel 2:2, Hannah was mocked as barren, but when God answered her, He gave her a New Song that silenced all her mockers.
“He Has Made All Things Beautiful in His Time”
In the second verse of our text (Psalm 40:2), David had a New Song. A New Song is the song of intervention, victory, song of the overcomer, of deliverance, of the redeemed. In verse 3, we see that a New Song is not a praise unto man, but unto God. People may not understand why you are singing because it is personal to you, but God understands. However, sometimes God expects us to sing new songs even if we do not feel like it. That is why David said in Psalm 40:3 that God has PUT a new song in my mouth. In Acts 16:25-34, Paul and Silas sang praises to God even in their chains. However, the children of Israel, when they were carried away into captivity in Babylon and they were asked to sing the Lord’s songs by their captors, but they said in Psalm 137:1-4 that “how shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” A strange land could stand for unpleasant situations – stagnancy, barrenness, poverty, grief, sorrow,…God expected them to sing their way to victory and freedom, hence his surprise at their refusal to sing in verses 5&6.
God is looking for true worshippers:
Those that will sing to Him in and out of season
Those that will say like Job: “even if He slays me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15)
Those that can say “even if the fig tree does not blossom… yet will I rejoice in the Lord, the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
Those that will say like David: “I will bless the Lord at all times….” (Psalm 34:1)
Praising God brings down the presence of God to intervene in knotty situations (Psalm 22:3).
In conclusion, we must deliberately sing new songs to God in this month, praising Him no matter the circumstances. We must not wait for God to change the circumstances before we start singing. We should learn to sing our way to victory and break-through. Nevertheless, when the Israelites were singing a New Song, the Egyptians were mourning because God had destroyed not only the firstborns of everything that they had and lost all their warriors and wealth because there had to be a transference for the Israelites to rejoice. It is only those that are on the victorious side that can sing a New Song. You don’t want to sing a song of sorrow/stagnation/poverty/sickness like the Egyptians. You need to enter an agreement with the God that says you will sing a New Song. If you are willing to repent and surrender your life to Jesus Christ, then pray this prayer right now: LORD Jesus, I come to You right now. I know I am a sinner, please forgive me my sins. With my mouth, I confess that Jesus, from today I accept You as the LORD of my life. Change my heart from a heart that is disobedient to a heart that will obey You and let the blood of Jesus that He shed for me on the cross cleanse me of all my unrighteousness and Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I believe that it is because of me that You came into this world; You died for my sins, take away my problems also. Write my name in the Book of Life and give me a New Song in Jesus Mighty Name.
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