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For such a modest little word, "all" plays a significant role in Scripture, appearing nearly 6,000 times to amplify noble truths, commands, and promises! In his uplifting 365-day devotional, Morgan continually reminds you of God's purposes, power, and compassion. Prepare to gain deeper knowledge of your Creator and Savior! Originally titled My All in All. 400 pages, hardcover from B&H, Copyright 2012.
October 6th - Day 280
Sing a new song to the LORD;
sing to the Lone, all the earth. - Psalm 96:1
I receive a lot of letters because of my book Then Sings My Soul on the history of hymns. One man wrote to thank me for helping preserve the stories of the old hymns, but he added, "I just can't stand all this new music with the drums and everything. I love the old songs."
I wrote back and told him I love the old hymns, too, but that if there's ever a generation of believers that doesn't write its own music, Christianity is dead. Every generation expresses their faith with original songs that flow from their hearts. We need to sing the old songs, but we also need the new ones.
The church has always practiced "blended worship," combining old hymns with newer compositions, and it reminds me of Jesus' words in Matthew 13:52: "Every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out' of his storeroom what is new and what is old."
The writer of Psalm 96 wrote a new hymn, and he wanted everyone singing it—all the earth. If all the earth were singing the Songs of Zion, all the earth would be happy, at peace, at one with God and each other, and blessed beyond measure.
You and I are included in that phrase "all the earth." So sing a new song to the Lord with all your heart. Or at least sing an old song with new vigor ...
"For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised."
Psalm 96:4 (NKJV)