Read: Psalm 33:1-5
Most of us realize that there is little cosmic significance to January 1. True, the man-made calendar is partially-based on the God-created orbits of the earth and the other planets in our solar system. But it’s still man-made calendar.
That said, it’s part of our human nature to look for “new starts,” so why not use a New Year celebration as a new opportunity to serve and praise our wonderful Lord!
Ready to “shout for joy”?
As we prepare for Sunday worship that happens to fall on December 31, we could do worse than take inventory of the past year’s blessings and rededicate ourselves to being a blessing in the new year.
We previously discussed the challenges of living the “new life” in Christ. Our Lord, however, is very consistent: “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”
There’s a good place to start in the worship of our hearts (which can and should start before we get to the church building).
Do we have a “new song”?
“Sing to him a new song” does not mean we never sing a song twice (side note: Scripture only condemns “vain repetition”). It does mean we should be singing with a new attitude, or an attitude different from the worldly system that is so filled with negativity and strife.
Regardless of the calendar, it’s always a good time to renew our spirit of praise and thanksgiving. But, since we are celebrating the beginning of a new year, let’s start it out with a fresh dedication to worship Him in spirit and in truth!
1. Have you “counted your blessings” lately? Make at least a short list now.
2. If you don’t mind another list, how many attributes of God can you praise Him for?
3. Without getting into discussion of “resolutions,” in what (specific) areas will you ask for God’s help in the new year?