In Psalm 40:3, King David wrote “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” When I am planning worship, I make it a point to include a song or several songs of praise at the beginning of our worship service. We sing words that address God directly and praise Him for who He is, what he has done, what he is doing, and what He is going to do! Sometimes these songs are addressed to the Father, sometimes we sing to Jesus, the Son, and at times we sing to the Holy Spirit. As we sing together, these songs of praise usher us into the throne room of God and unite our voices, hearts, and minds in worship.
However, as Psalm 40:3 describes, our praise is also a witness to those who see us singing to God. The verse says “Many will see and fear and put their trust in God.” Isn’t it interesting that the verse says “many will see” instead of “many will hear” and trust? That says to me that the testimony of worship is not just the sound of a song, but also seeing the saved lift their voices in praise to God! In a worship service, when unbelievers observe the congregation singing praise to God, it is a powerful testimony and witness to them.
This Sunday we’ll be singing a song our Praise Team introduced a couple of weeks ago, titled “You Are” by songwriter Mark Roach. Prepare your heart to sing this “new song of praise to our God” along with some old favorites.
You are Holy, You are Faithful, You are Savior, You are Friend,
You are all I’ll ever need; Lord, You are.
You are every question’s Answer, You are every Reason why,
You are moving, You are still; Lord, You are…