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Isaiah 42:10-12

A Musical Challenge

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. 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. 12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.


God had said, "Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them." These things that God revealed amounted to good news for the Jews and for all the rest of the world. God will not share the credit for these things with any men, idols or other false gods. He expects us to give Him all of the glory through song and worship.

"Sing unto the Lord a new song..." God wants to hear His praises sung with a new and more excellent music. The lyrics should reflect the emotions of a joyful heart, one that has been blessed by the grace of the Redeemer. The music should be new and different from the traditional worldly forms. It should be creative, innovative, large and written in a way that it draws attention to the glory of God.

"...and His praise from the end of the earth..." This new music should be of such high quality that it would be accepted and repeated from one end of the earth to the other. It must carry within it words that praise the LORD and it must also inspire those that hear it to join in the praise.

Who should sing this song? "Ye that go down to the sea..." All of the merchants, travelers, shippers, fishermen, and everyone else who crosses the seas. Everyone who is already on the seas, including the people who lived on the isles across the sea, are also called upon to sing. The isles might also include everyone who lived in lands across the seas. God's praises should spread across the earth by means of this new song.

The people who live in the wilderness, or the desert, are called upon to sing the new song. (Kedar is a name given to the Arabian Desert.) The people in the rocks and mountains surrounding the deserts should also sing praises to our LORD.

"Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare His praise in the islands (foreign lands)."

Christian musicians might want to prayerfully consider this command. The praise and worship music of our day is so ordinary, so worldly, that it is sometimes difficult, when searching for a radio station, to immediately tell whether you are listening to Christian or secular music. Where is the genius and innovation of the great composers of the past? Why do we accept the lowest musical forms, written by untrained musicians who copy the world to glorify the God of the heavens.

Doesn't our God deserve His own musical form that stands out from all others, a music that is sanctified for His purposes and undefiled by the influences of sin? Let's demand excellence from our composers and lyricists. Expect to hear a new song that glorifies our Savior Jesus Christ in a way that has never been done before. God deserves some extra effort.

Before The Throne:

Pray that Christian music will begin to develop its own forms and will raise the level of excellence. Ask God to inspire our musicians to discover a new song that gives Him the glory He deserves. Pray for Christian music to permeate every society on earth and for it to become the music of choice for billions of people. If you are a church musician, commit yourself to strive for perfection and greater creativity. God deserves the effort. Give thanks to the Lord for your talents, whether they be in music or some other field. Pray that He will help you use all of your talents and gifts to glorify His name.

For Further Study:

(v.10) ** Sing. Isa 24:14-16; 44:23; 49:13; 65:14; Ps 33:3; 40:3; 96:1-3; 98:1-4; 117:1,2; Ro 15:9-11; Re 5:9; 14:3; ** ye that go. Ps 107:23-32; 148:1-14; 150:6; ** the isles. Isa 51:5; 60:9; Ps 97:1; Zep 2:11;

(v.11) ** Let the wilderness. Isa 32:16; 35:1,6; 40:3; 41:18,19; 43:19; Ps 72:8-10; ** Kedar. Isa 60:7; Ge 25:23; Ps 120:5; ** let the inhabitants. Jer 21:13; 48:28; 49:16; Ob 1:3;

(v.12) Isa 24:15,16; 66:18,19; Ps 22:27; 96:3-10; 117:1,2; Ro 15:9-11; Re 5:9,10; 7:9-12;

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