“Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth.” (Psalm 96:1)
The word “sing” repeats 3x in this verse. This repetition is what grammarians call “to the superlative degree.” In other words, “Sing, keep singing, sing louder, etc.” There is unceasing singing commanded here.
When we sing, our minds and hearts join with our affections so what we desire most is on our hearts and united in those words, and lifted up to God in praise through our singing.
And the song can be “a new song.” But, how is it “new?” The psalmist is suggesting a song about fresh experiences of God’s care and salvation. In other words, it is singing a song as a result of a new or fresh perspective of the Creator
Charles Spurgeon explains, “Let us not present old worn-out praise, but put life, and soul, and heart, into every song, since we have new mercies every day, and see new beauties in the work and word of our Lord.” (The Treasury of David, pg. 105)
It is not a newly composed psalm, but a psalm celebrating fresh experiences of divine action or being struck anew by the amazing glory of God’s person or deeds (e.g., God’s faithfulness new every day from Lamentations 3:22-23).
This Sunday, when you gather to sing in your church, sing like you have never sung this song before!