Ps.98:1 – Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
Ps.100:4 – Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name!
There is something about thankfulness that brings God on the scene in our lives. David told us to “enter His gates with thanksgiving”. Of course the gates he is speaking of are the gates of His presence. Thankful hearts connect us to God. Thankful hearts acknowledge what the Lord is doing in our lives and in the world all around us. This connects us to God’s new song and the supernatural work of renewal that is available for all of us. Jonathan Edwards made the connection between thanksgiving and God’s new song. How do I know that? He preached about God’s New Song on Thanksgiving Day in 1740 in his church in Northampton. Check out this excerpt from the Thanksgiving Day sermon.
“This new song of the saints is founded in the great work of God in renewing their nature, and the benefits that attend. By this work of God in renewing the heart, the man that is the subject of it becomes a new creature or is a new man, as it is often said in Scripture. And therefore no wonder that his song is new: for we are told that “old things are passed away” and “all things become new with him”. [The] hearts of the redeemed are new. He has a new spirit put within him. Their natures are new. In some sense their bodies are new. They have new eyes. They are renewed in the whole man. They are said to be “a new lump,” having put away “the old leaven”. They are newborn babes. They have new garments, for their filthy garments are taken away and they are clothed with change of raiment. And they have a new name, “He that overcometh I will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”
Maybe you have lost touch during this weird 2020 season. Thanksgiving gives us a chance to reset everything. We can step into God’s new day as we sing His new song. Give thanks to the Lord! Sing His praises and talk about all He has done in your life. As we pour out our hearts in thanksgiving we to can also enter His courts with praise. Sing a new song and let His new work arise in you.