“Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.” – Psalm 33:3
There are three things that God reminds us of today that He would like for us to offer Him in worship.
The first is newness. He wants a new song.
Now an old song can be a new song if it is fresh and quickened by new awareness of God Himself or of some spiritual insight that has captured our hearts. He is not interested in innovation; He is concerned that we are being born anew in every act of worship toward Him.
He wants us to come to Him today with the same sense of wonder as when we first knew Him.
The second thing is He wants us to play skillfully. That means He wants the best we can offer.
God is not impressed with mediocrity when we can do better. He is not enamored with improvisation when it substitutes for preparation. He loves spontaneity, but He also loves and desires our full engagement of all our abilities and senses in truly worshipping Him as One who is worthy of the best we can offer.
The third thing is volume. That does not mean being loud for the sake of being loud. Nor does it mean fake volume of the sort that can be artificially produced by turning up the dial of our amplification systems.
It means engagement of the whole instrument in praise whether that is a piano, harp, guitar, or vocal mechanism. If we sing, we are called to sing with our whole bodies and souls.
It is for God and it is to God. Let us hold back nothing.