Hello, graceful mama! Welcome to New Places in Praise! I’m so glad you’re here. Today we’ll be talking about singing new songs to the Lord.
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD. – Psalm 40:3 NLT
One of the seven words for praise in the Bible is tehillah, which means to sing a brand-new, never-heard-before song of spontaneous praise to the Lord. Just make it up as you go!
Sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD! – Psalm 96:1 NLT
Does that sound challenging? Well, I suppose it may be at first, but if you’re not around a bunch of people I know you can do it. Try it at home first, and I know you will love it!
If this idea is new to you or if you’ve never tried “tehillah-ing” before, here are a few ideas and tips you can use to get started with it.
1. You can try using a tune you already know. Make up new words to Amazing Grace or another familiar hymn or church chorus.
2. Keep it simple. Think of one phrase that encompasses what your heart is saying about God, and sing it over and over. For example: I love you, Jesus. Or You’re so good to me, God. You can add more words and phrases as you get comfortable with it.
3. Find inspiration from the Bible. Find a good psalm and make up a tune to your favorite line. For example, you might really like Psalm 91. Verse 2 says, “I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'” You could sing “God, You are my fortress (repeat as desired!). I will trust in You (repeat).” Just get lost in it!
4. Close your eyes, imagine Jesus there with you (because He is, ya know!), and sing to Him. He’s right there in the room with you. Just sing straight to Him, whatever your heart wants to say.
5. Sing a prayer. If you want to think about it as praying, that might be helpful. You can sing your prayers for your children, for health, for your spouse, and for any other needs that are on your heart. Just let your feelings and thoughts flow out in song.
6. Sing your thanks. Tell God thanks for all he’s done in a spontaneous song. Get specific. If you’re really feeling a certain phrase, sing it over and over until it feels like you’ve done it justice.
Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! – Psalm 98:1 NLT
Week Six Challenges:
Challenge #1: Sing a new song to the Lord! Be intentional about it–whether it’s 2 minutes or 10. Whether you’re in the car, on a walk, or in the shower.
Challenge #2 (for moms with kids): Play the song circle game! Have your small children sit in a circle with you. (If you have one child, just sit together.) Make up a song together by taking turns singing. You can sing first, or you can have an eager child start the song. Go around the circle singing your part to the song. Just have fun with it!
You may or may not want to put a time limit on the length of each song part, depending on how strong willed your children are. Also, before beginning, let the children know that it is NOT a competition. Everyone’s song is lovely, and God LOVES to hear us sing to Him.
Week Six Activation Prayer: God as we come to you with our new songs, I pray that you will open our hearts and just let the love pour out. Holy Spirit, I ask you to do a new thing in each of our hearts as we sing our songs to you! Take us to the place where we see Your heart. Let us sing from the innermost part of our being straight to You, Lord. We love You and desire to know You more than the air we breathe! And God, let our very lives be a spontaneous song of praise to you.