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Wednesday, December 31 2014
Psalm 40: The New Song Of The Messiah
"He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD"
The term "new song" (as it is translated) was used by the prophets (e.g. Isaiah in the Book of Isaiah, David in the Psalms, and the apostle John in the Book of Revelation) to refer to the joyous recognition of the Messiah's Sacrifice and of the repentance that true Christians live by and speak of from the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
Isaiah's view of the "new song" (see also Isaiah: Visions Of The Messiah):
"42:10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. 42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. 42:12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands. 42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies." (Isaiah 42:10-13 KJV)
When the triumphant Messiah returned to heaven (see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?), the angels around The Throne of God sang the "new song" of the New World that is now to come:
"5:9 And they sung a new song, saying,
The first 144,000 of Israel will be given to sing the "new song" at the time of the return of the Messiah - when all of humanity will sing the same new song as they too are converted (see The Church In The Kingdom Of God).
"14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." (Revelation 14:1-5 KJV)
King David also frequently spoke of the same "new song" (Psalm 33:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1) including here in Psalm 40:3 where "he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD." The "new song" was known to all of the true prophets.
"40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: Did Moses sing the same "new song" of the Messiah (e.g. "He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He ... Rejoice, O ye nations, with His people")?
This Day In History
This Day In History, December 31
406: Germanic Vandals and Suebians crossed the Rhine River, thereby beginning an invasion of Roman-occupied Gaul (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1229: James I of Aragon ("the Conqueror") entered Medina Mayurqa (Palma, Spain), thereby culminating Rome's reconquest of Majorca.
1384: English religious reformer and Bible translator John Wycliffe died at age 56. Among His teachings were that The Scriptures are the supreme authority in all doctrinal matters, and that Jesus Christ is anyone's only overlord.
1492: Jews were expelled from Sicily.
1600: Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to the "company of merchants of London trading to the East Indies" - the East India Company.
1687: The first shipload of emigrating Huguenots (French Protestants) left France for South Africa.
1719: English astronomer John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, died at age 73. The Greenwich Observatory was built for him.
1775: The Battle of Quebec began. British forces repulsed an attack by New England rebel forces under General Richard Montgomery.
1857: Queen Victoria chose Ottawa, Ontario (on the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec) as the new capital of Canada. The earlier choice, Kingston, Ontario (located on the north shore of Lake Ontario), was by then regarded as too convenient and vulnerable to attack by the U.S. (a lesson learned and never forgotten during the Wars of 1776 and 1812).
1911: Marie Curie received her second Nobel Prize for her work on radioactive elements.
1923: The chimes of Big Ben in London were broadcast for the first time by the BBC.
1923: The Sahara Desert was crossed by an automobile for the first time.
1930: Brewery heir Aldolphus Busch was kidnapped ("Bush" is an abbreviated form of the German name Busch).
1938: Dr. R.N. Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test for car drivers, was officially introduced, in Indianapolis.
1968: Russia's TU-144 supersonic airliner made its first flight, several months ahead of the Anglo-French Concorde which it closely resembled.
1971: Austrian Kurt Waldheim took over as United Nations secretary-general, succeeding U Thant.
1973: A three-day work week was introduced in Britain to conserve energy during a miners' strike.
1980: Canadian communications theorist and educator Marshall McLuhan died at age 69. He is most well-known for his statements that electronic media were turning the world into a "global village" in which "the medium is the message." Among his lesser-known statements, referring to the drivel that dominates TV programming, was "TV sucks the brain right out of your skull."
1987: One second was added to that year to compensate for precession of earth's axis.
1991: the Soviet Union was officially dissolved as a political entity.