By Joel Dipert
Psalm 96 tells us:
"Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day."
Unfortunately, there are only so many new songs we (the worship team) can introduce to our congregation in the course of a year. There are so many amazing songs being written and recorded for the Church that we honestly won't get to sing them all together in the couple hours we have on a Sunday morning. But "day to day" there are opportunities to "sing to the Lord a new song" in churches, stadiums, coffee shops, offices, cars, and showers at every moment.
I thought I would share some recent album releases that have helped guide my own personal times of worship lately. As I've written before, every song that we introduce to our congregation is looked at very closely to ensure the lyrics are true to scripture, edifying to the church, and glorifying to God. Even the sources of the songs are often considered in order to ensure that we don't point our congregation to unhealthy doctrinal movements or controversial subjects. The following list of albums is not exclusively made up of these thoroughly vetted songs and thus we would not consider singing every song on each album in our church. Nor should this be considered an endorsement of every doctrinal belief of the artists who wrote or recorded them. My intention is simply to share with you some new Christian/worship music to help you put a new song of praise on your lips as you prepare dinner, drive to and from work, or as you sit down with a good book on a Sunday afternoon :)
I'd love to hear what you think about these picks and if you have any recent releases that you'd recommend listening to. Leave a comment below.