Summary: Learn to see and live your life in a new way
The main idea of this sermon this morning is that it is time for us to break out of our rut and learn to sing a new song with shouts of joy.
Some of you are singing the same song that you have sung for years and years – in a rut and you need to break out: key is to learn to sing a new song
Important theme throughout the Psalms: Ps 33:3 "Sing to Him a new song"; Ps 40:3 "He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to out God"; Ps 96:1 "Sing to the Lord a new song"; Ps 98:1 "Sing to the Lord a new Song, For He has done wonderful things"; Ps 144:9 "I will sing a new song to Thee, O God" and Ps
149:1 "Sing to the Lord a new song"
If you are stuck in a rut I want you to know today, it is a bad place to be. Our Old Song gets tiresome to us, as well as other people -- and you can believe that the Lord is sick of it too. What we need is to sing the New Song that the Lord has put in our heart.
· The song of Joy.
· The song of Enthusiasm.
· The song of Praise.
· The song of Victory.
But, before we can sing that new song, we have to learn to see things in a new way. In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push.
After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years. Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, "Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable." He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to life.
For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work. He needed to see a new way of behaving and acting that mad his life a whole lot easier. Many people are trapped in old patterns and cannot break out.
2 (Psalm 98:1-3) Celebrating The Victory Of The King: Contrast Between The Old Song And The New Song
2.1 Boredom vs. Excitement
"For He has done wonderful things"
Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm tells us that Steve Lyons will be remembered as the player who dropped his pants.
He could be remembered as an outstanding infielder ... as the player who played every position for the Chicago White Sox ... as the guy who always dived into first base ... as a favorite of the fans who high fived the guy who caught the foul ball in the stands. He could be remembered as an above-average player who made it with an average ability.
But he won’t. He’ll be remembered as the player who dropped his pants on July 16, 1990.
The White Sox were playing the Tigers in Detroit. Lyons bunted and raced down the first-base line. He knew it was going to be tight, so he dived at the bag. Safe! The Tiger’s pitcher disagreed. He and the umpire got into a shouting match, and Lyons stepped in to voice his opinion.
Absorbed in the game and the debate, Lyons felt dirt trickling down the inside of his pants. Without missing a beat he dropped his pants, wiped away the dirt, and ... uh oh ...twenty thousand jaws hit the floor.
And, as you can imagine, the jokes began. Women behind the White Sox dugout waved dollar bills when he came onto the field. "No one," wrote one columnist, "had ever dropped his pants on the field. …." Within twenty-four hours of the "exposure," he received more exposure than he’d gotten his entire career; seven live television and approximately twenty radio interviews.
"We’ve got this pitcher, Melido Perex, who earlier this month pitched a no-hitter," Lyons stated, "and I’ll guarantee you he didn’t do two live television shots afterwards. I pull my pants down, and I do seven. Something’s pretty skewed toward the zany in this game."
Fortunately, for Steve, he was wearing sliding pants under his baseball pants. Otherwise the game would be rated "R" instead of "PG-13."