Genuine conversions to Christ are evidenced by a change in one*s taste in music. New songs are sung by converted sinners and will be sung in heaven. Spiritual songs are to be sung throughout our Christian lives. Singing will be one result when we are filled with the Spirit.
Psalms 33:3: Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
Psalms 40:3: And 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.
Psams 96:1: O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
Psalms 98:1: O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
Psalms 144:9: I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
Revelation 5:9: And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Ephesians 5:18-19: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
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Psalms 138:5: They shall sing in the ways of the Lord.
The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God. You know how John Bunyan describes it. He says when poor Pilgrim lost his burden at the Cross, he gave three great leaps, and went on his way singing-
*Blest Cross! blest Sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that there was put to shame for me!*
Believer, do you recollect the day when your fetters fell off? Do you remember the place when Jesus met you, and said, *I have loved thee with an everlasting love; I have blotted out as a cloud thy transgressions, and as a thick cloud thy sins; they shall not be mentioned against thee any more for ever.* Oh! what a sweet season is that when Jesus takes away the pain of sin. When the Lord first pardoned my sin, I was so joyous that I could scarce refrain from dancing. I thought on my road home from the house where I had been set at liberty, that I must tell the stones in the street the story of my deliverance. So full was my soul of joy, that I wanted to tell every snow-flake that was falling from heaven of the wondrous love of Jesus, who had blotted out the sins of one of the chief of rebels. But it is not only at the commencement of the Christian life that believers have reason for song; as long as they live they discover cause to sing in the ways of the Lord, and their experience of His constant lovingkindness leads them to say, *I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.* See to it, brother, that thou magnifiest the Lord this day.
*Long as we tread this desert land,
New mercies shall new songs demand.*