A New Song in Dark Times
Shabbat Shalom from Pastor Israel Pochtar

Friday night in Israel is also known as Shabbat eve. Israelis usually wish one another Shabbat shalom on Fridays, in preparation for a peaceful and restful Shabbat.  Personally, it’s time I devote to God. Time to read the Bible and reflect on the Word of God. 

This Shabbat I want to share with you some of the pearls from the Bible, from my personal insights into certain scriptures. 

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Psalm 96:1

There are so many wonderful praise and worship songs coming out all the time, but sometimes God touches my heart with special songs that stand out. 

Perhaps it has to do with the different seasons or journeys we’re on in life, and our unique experiences with the Lord, but from time to time you feel like a new song touches you deeper than any other song at that time. 

That is that new song that God puts in your heart, igniting a fresh desire to worship Him and sing a new song to Him. 

The scripture says “sing to the Lord all the earth”. 

We might be nations apart, separated by thousands of miles, but God is calling us all to unite in worship. 

Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

Psalm 96:2

What a blessing to be able to sing to the Lord, praise His name, and proclaim His salvation. 

In Hebrew, the scripture says to proclaim “Yeshua’toh” — His salvation. 

You can also read it as a call to proclaim the good news of God’s Yeshua. His name is hidden in the Old Testament, in the call to praise Him and proclaim the good news of Jesus. 

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Psalm 96:3

That is our call!
To proclaim His goodness to the nations and His name to the ends of the earth. 

Whatever happens around us, regardless of the difficult times we’re living in, God is still pouring out His blessings and is putting in our hearts His testimony, filling it with new songs of praise and worship. 

Despite the evil and darkness that surrounds us in the world today, we can’t allow it to overwhelm us. When I lift up my eyes to the Lord and see Jesus on His throne, everything changes, because then His glory comes down. 

At the end of the day that is our calling: to proclaim His glory to the nations. 

I pray this Shabbat you will be filled with God’s glory, praise His name, sing new songs and proclaim His goodness. 

Shabbat Shalom!