Do you know the 11th Commandment (to borrow a phrase from John Bell)? You know, the one that was so important it is repeated nine times throughout the two testaments, rather than just twice like the other ten commandments?
“Sing a new song!” (Psalms 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1; Isaiah 42:10; Revelation 5:9, 14:3)
And yet we are creatures of habit, aren’t we? It is human nature to seek comfort in the familiar, but we are called to be vulnerable, to risk, to always be open to the unfamiliar. And sometimes we need to hear it nine times (or more!) before it sinks in!
Here are two songs for the scriptures this week:
- Psalm 149: “We will sing to our God a new song” (pdf and bulletin graphic) – a simple refrain in three parts, suitable for choir or congregation (whoever needs it most!)
- Matthew 18:20: “Where two or three are gathered” (pdf, bulletin graphic and mp3) – a simple round, from our album Like a Healing Stream.
Enjoy! We would appreciate it if you would ensure the full copyright credits are included on any copies you make, and if you have a license from www.licensingonline.org, please record any songs of ours which you use in worship to help support us in our music making. You can also make a donation anytime for the use of our music, as you see fit, by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page.