Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to our God, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise God’s name;
proclaim God’s salvation day after day.
Declare God’s glory among the nations,
God’s marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise;
our God is to be feared above all gods.
The Advent season has always been an important marker in the church calendar for me. The abundance of music, art, poetry, prose and pageantry holds a deep appeal for me, feeding my soul and leading the way to Christ’s birth day.
But more than that, being a spectator or participant in the arts in preparation for the coming of Emmanuel, God with us—gives me a reason to slow down and really focus on God’s incredible gift of Jesus the Christ to me and to each one of us.
I’m grateful for this opportunity to reflect on Psalm 96 and Advent, because I don’t remember ever taking time to focus on the connection between them. It has been right in front of me, waiting for me to reflect and notice.
We can Sing to our God a new song, sing to the earth and all creation any day and every day. We can sing it or say it, read it or dance it, think it or pray it, realizing that Advent itself is our new song—new each year if we take time to pay attention to whatever new message might unfold just for us.
May each of us Sing to the Lord, watching/waiting/listening for whatever marvelous things God reveals to us during this Advent season. Amen.