Thanks for taking this challenge to pray through the verses that talk about God’s NEW activity on the earth. He’s never still, never stagnant. He’s always moving and always active. This week, continue to pray for our new community and our new opportunities.
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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.
One of the things I love about these psalms is that they’re not written as suggestions. David is the king of one of the largest empires on earth. When he says to do something, it’s not a wish. It’s a command. David is declaring that all people sing a new song.
Because God has done great things, because He’s still doing great things we owe it to Him to sing a new song. We can’t just sing the same adjectives, the same old words. We have to find a new way to express our gratitude, our praise, and our love because even if we had all the words in the world, they wouldn’t be enough.
Maybe you’re like me and you have some stock prayers. You have the prayers that are just go to. You say the same words in the same order and use the same phrases (some that have nearly lost their meaning). But, today, try to pray in a new way. Use new words. Express new gratitude, praise, and love.
9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
Wow. This is discouraging. Solomon – the wisest man who lived – was having a really bad day (and probably should’ve written lyrics for an emo band). The problem is we sometimes say this verse as though it’s comforting. We say it like it’s a relief. But, the truth is, this is a terrible way to live life!
In this same section, Solomon writes that wisdom, that creativity, that even life is meaningless.
The truth is, without the understanding of God, who is the Creator, I would agree. The world can lose its color. Life can lose its luster. We can see things as boring, as slow, as nothing new.
But, instead of living inside of the created order, we can live inside of the creative order. A new way of living where we join into seeing the new and take part in creating it and living in it.
Just simply pray that God would show you the new things He’s doing. The new places He’s calling you to. The things He’s wanting you to create and the things He’s wanting to create in you.
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
These are God’s words through the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah is speaking to Israel which has had some great days in the past. They have recently been on the highest point in their history. They’re then swept to the lowest point. They’ve seen ups and downs, good times and bad. They’re like The Fact of Life (You take the good, you take the bad…).
God has rescued them before. He’ll rescue them again. You would think that God would say, “Remember the former things;” Remember the things I’ve done. I’ve rescued you before. But, instead, God says to FORGET the former things.”
We can learn things from our past, we can grow from the past. But, if we dwell on the past we’ll miss the new things He’s doing in our presence.
Today, pray that the things that may be holding you back from seeing the NEW things He’s doing. Pray for forgiveness that needs to be asked for or extended. Pray for the loss you’ve needed to mourn. Pray for the best times of your life you’ve not been able to let go of to be fully present in the now and the new.
3 I foretold the former things long ago,
my mouth announced them and I made them known;
then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn you were;
your neck muscles were iron,
your forehead was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago;
before they happened I announced them to you
so that you could not say,
‘My images brought them about;
my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’
6 You have heard these things; look at them all.
Will you not admit them?
“From now on I will tell you of new things,
of hidden things unknown to you.
My children love the Peanuts. Not the legume, the cartoon. They love the new movie (and so do I). In the Peanuts, Lucy has a barrage of insults for Charlie Brown one of them being blockhead. We’ve since had to tell our son to not call our daughter a blockhead.
While blockhead is a weird term, a bronze forehead is even weirder. It’s a way of saying that they’re hard headed. Their necks are stiff because they’ve forgotten to look around and their heads are hard because they’ve forgotten to allow new thoughts in. God told them. He warned them. He gave them insights to His actions. But, they missed it. Let’s not miss it.
Simply pray that God would give you the foresight that only He can give. Pray He’d give you some clarity to the roads ahead of you. Pray that the next path would be clear and you’d know where He’s leading you.
The nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
My junior year of high school we had one of those long-term substitutes. The first day she stood in front of the class to call roll and for some reason said, “Please let me know if you’d prefer to be called by a nickname or other name.”
For some reason, when she called my name, “Kevin…” and scanned the room to match the new face up to the name I spoke up. I told her, “Everyone calls me Vinnie. It’s the second part of my name. Ke-Vin-nie” Not sure why I did that. But, as I inevitably made trouble in class, this teacher would talk to other teachers about this kid, Vinnie, who was causing a ruckus. No other teacher seemed to know who that was. They just thought she was crazy. There was no record of a Vinnie. Vinnie had a clean slate.
Wouldn’t it be nice sometimes to just have a brand new name? Just to start fresh with no baggage. To begin again. To have a new name. God offers that opportunity to us. He says through Isaiah that all of the shame, the guilt, the pain we’ve carried would be gone. We’d have a new life given to us by a new Father who has given us a new name.
Today, would you simply pray that God would give you a new name? That He would allow you to start today fresh. That he would remove the things that hold us back from fully giving in to Him and His will.
17 “See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
In this passage, Isaiah proclaims that God is going to create new heavens and a new earth. That doesn’t mean that Heaven will change, but the heavens will change. The heavens are the skies, the ether, the atmosphere. The atmosphere will change, the earth will change and see the people of God as a delight, as a joy.
We need that in our world. We need God to change the atmosphere and do a new thing where the people of God are seen as Joy to the world around them.
Today as you pray, join me in praying that God would create something new in us and that we would be a delight to our community and you and I would be a joy to others.
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Every. Single. Morning. God. Is. Compassionate.
Every. Single. Morning. God. Is. Faithful.
God is simultaneously the One who never changes, and the One who changes everything. He is the One who makes every day a clean slate, a new experience. But, He’s also the One who has been since the beginning and will be until the end. His compassions and His faithfulness are new for us every day. Aren’t you glad for that? While we beat ourselves up for things day after day,
while we can’t seem to forget things and move from the past,
while we wake up with the worries of the day before still on our shoulders,
the God who created the day has already begun a fresh batch of compassion for us. He’s begun a new and so should we.
Today, can you just thank God for His compassion for us? Thank Him for His kindness that He extends to us even when we won’t give it to ourselves.