It reads like it’s a misprint.
Psalm 40:3 says: “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and they will trust in the Lord.” (CSB)
If David had submitted this song to me, I might have said, “Uh, David – didn’t you mean, ‘many will hear‘?” Just how do you “see “ a song anyway?
I’ve been reflecting on this verse for years and, now, I am convinced the truth of it is right here for us to understand — the song of the redeemed is a song that should be seen.
It is seen as we open our mouths and engage in corporate worship.
It is seen when we are facing difficult circumstances in our lives and sing anyway.
It is seen when emotion takes over our faces and we can hardly sing, yet the song keeps going.
It is seen when we respond in worship visually – kneeling, crying, lifting our hands, bowing our knees.
Now I can already hear the skeptic – “Worship is private. I don’t want to do anything that would look like I am drawing attention to myself.” I would answer that concern with this observation – nothing draws more attention to self than standing stoically in the house of God as if we were at a PTA meeting instead of worshipping the living King of Kings in a gathering of spirited worshippers.
When I lead worship, my eyes are drawn to the individual that seems uninterested and unaffected by the Gospel. At the same time, whenever I see someone who is engaged, I am spurred on myself. That’s what corporate worship – something we are commanded not to neglect – is all about.
When did we decide the song was only to be heard and that only the good singers should sing? How dare we choose which of the Father’s children get to be heard – and seen — by Him.
This Sunday, Christians will gather all over the world to worship Jesus. Be sure your voice is in the mix in a way that can be observed by other believers.
It’s the song seen ‘round the world.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.