There is no higher duty or greater privilege than to worship the one true and living God. According to the prophet Isaiah, we were created for the purpose of bringing God glory (Isaiah 43:7). When the apostle John caught a preview of the worship taking place in heaven, he heard the following unceasing praise:
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! (Revelation 4:8).
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. (Revelation 4:11).
God is to be worshipped because He is worthy. When we worship God we do as Psalm 96 directs:
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name (vv. 7-8).
To worship God is to actively, intentionally ascribe to Him the glory due his name. He is worthy of our worship simply because He is our Creator. But there is much more.
God is worthy of our worship and praise because He is our Redeemer; He has accomplished all that is necessary to rescue us from our sin and restore us to a right relationship with Him through the work of His Son. He has put a new song in our hearts.
That phrase, “A New Song,” is rich. When we look at the 9x it is used in the Scriptures we conclude that it refers to the song of the redeemed. It is the praise that flows from the mouths and hearts of those who have experienced God’s salvation. For example:
I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. [Psalm 40:1-3]
Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. [Psalm 96:1-2]
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. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. [Psalm 98:1-2]
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…” [Revelation 5:9]
What is this new song? It is the song of the redeemed.
When the Holy Spirit changes your heart and you finally come to the end of your wandering, He puts a new song in your heart. And that is the song you want to sing.
- You want to sing the song of the redeemed.
- You want to sing the song of the blind man who said, “I once was blind, but now I see” (John 9:25).
- You want to sing the song of the immoral woman who said, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did” (John 4:29).
- You want to sing the song of the broken, penniless, bleeding woman who said to herself, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well” (Mark 5:28).
- You want to sing the song of the self-righteous, arrogant Pharisee who said, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil 3:7-8).
Redemption produces a longing in your heart to forever praise the surpassing worth of the One who redeemed you. This is what it means to bring worship and praise to our God.