Reading through the Bible together
In Judges 5, Deborah and Barak sang a duet, a "new song to the Lord" as Psalm 96:1 says. What a beautiful example of detailing praise to God that is fresh, current and specific. Deborah and Barak easily could have kept singing Miriam’s hymn of God’s deliverance of Israel through the Red Sea. Instead, here was a new song detailing what God had just accomplished for them. By recounting in song what God had just done for Israel in delivering them from Sisera, they honored the God of the present, the Great I AM.
While we ought to sing what God has done for us in the past, we ought to sing a new song, what God has done for us now. Far too often in my life, I fail to write down, fail to capture the mighty acts of God in my life in the present. And when I fail to remember how God has led in my life and is leading, I begin to fear for the future. Deborah and Barak’s duet calls us to remember the God who is currently working mightily for His people. May we sing fresh new songs to the Lord, personal songs that detail how God is specifically working in our lives today.
Brennon Kirstein, Chaplain
Southern Adventist University