Like many others, this first day of 2021 is the start of a new devotion for me. This year, in preparation for a summer outreach trip to Israel to cement our first year at Christ for the Nations Institute, I am doing a Hebrew and Greek Word Study devotional by Dr. J.D. Watson. The word for January 1st in the Hebrew study is “New Song”.
The word “new”, according to Strong’s Concordance (H2319), means “fresh, new thing,” in the sense of never seen or done before. This kind of new is spoken of in Ezekiel 18:31, “Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirt” (NLT).
The word “song”, according to Strong’s (H7892), is a “type of lyrical or religious song”. Nehemiah 12:46 speaks of praise songs and hymns in the days of King David – “The custom of having choir directors to lead the choirs in hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God began long ago in the days of David and Asaph”.
Each of the seven times the phrase “new song”, in the original language, appears in the Old Testament, it is in response to something God has done. What better way to begin “Advancing Into 2021” than to sing a new song to God, in response to what He has done for each one of us over the past year? Despite the challenges of 2020, as seen in the natural, the past year brought many an opportunity to draw close to God and strip away the excess of the world. Click here to read more from Dr. Rus Jeffrey.
As the Body of Christ, we are called to sing a different song than the world. Let’s sing our different tune a little louder this year as we bring praise and honor to our God in 2021.
"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
Enjoy the view as we sing,
P.S. I mentioned our Summer Outreach trip to Israel as part of a graduation requirement for CFNI. My husband, Mitchell, and I are both students, and we are both going. If you feel so led to come alongside us as we journey toward Israel, there are several ways. Prayer is always needed, and you can contact me by filling out the form on the Contact page.
If you would like to give financially, you can give directly to our Outreach fund through CFNI for a tax deductible donation.
- CFNI Payment Portal
- Enter our student IDs. (Mitchell: 119482, Tracy: 119485)
- Choose whether you want to donate anonymously or “known” to us.
- Answer “Yes” to “Is this for an Outreach?”
- Select Israel.
- Fill in your information.
We call you blessed!