July 20, Change

Today’s reading: Psalms 96-100

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples” - Psalm 96:1-3.

For you to sing a new song to the Lord means that you must stop singing the old song. No, that is not an endorsement for contemporary music over hymns, but rather an indication that God desires to bring change into your life. As a believer, you should eat change for breakfast, so to speak, for the Spirit who lives in you is always moving and changing you and the things around you. Unfortunately, you may be standing in the way of that change due to your old nemesis: fear. You can fear the new thing so you oppose it for what you believe are spiritual reasons — not wanting to get ahead of or miss the Lord. Jesus Himself said in Revelation 21:5, “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true!’” What changes are you resisting that, if you embraced them, would allow you to sing a new song? What excuses are you using to resist the change?