The "New Song"
The Hebrew word NEW means something that has been rebuilt and that is fresh and new. It is something that is now so fresh that it causes its possessor to burst out!
The Hebrew word SONG means to go around singing, celebrating in victory, joyfully. This word is used in I Samuel 18:6 wherein is described a dance and song of victory.
I have found this term NEW SONG used nine times in the Bible.
In Psalms 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 144:9 and 98:1 it is used in the context of the writer being in trouble, desperately crying to The Lord for deliverance from his enemies. These five Psalms contain statements like, "but I will sing a new song unto The Lord." "Make haste to deliver, evils compass me, let them be put to shame who desire my life, rescue me, bow down your heavens, stretch forth your hand, I am poor and needy, do not tarry O Lord."
In Psalm 149 it is a little different. It says that the New Song wrecks vengeance and binds kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron to execute upon them (our spiritual enemies) the judgement. This honor have all his saints!
Isaiah 42:9 tells about former things passing away and new things being declared. Then it says to " sing a new song TO the Lord (a song which has never been heard in the heathen world), then The Lord will go forth as a mighty man. He will do mightily against His enemies. I have a LONG time held my peace, but now I will arise!"
The above uses of the phrase New Song indicate that:
1. The Lord puts this New Song in His people.
2. We sing this New Song to The Lord.
3. The circumstances are always when we are in need of deliverance, and before the manifestation of that deliverance.
4. That deliverance and destruction of enemies do not come until after that New Song is sung.
I submit that as we go through the trials and tribulations of life that if we stay honest and in The Word, that Jesus will put a New Song in our hearts and mouths, and that New Song will bring Him back on our scene for deliverance in the here and now.
Habakkuk found out about this when God told him about the coming destruction of his enemies. Habakkuk found out that the enemy's attack was not even something that they planned, but The Lord planned it for their (the enemys) destruction. Habakkuk stayed in The Word, saw the end from the beginning and sang The New Song in chapter 3:17 which says, "Though the fig tree does not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines; though the product of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in the Lord (JOY), I will exult in the victorious God of my salvation! The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet, and will make me to walk, not to stand still in terror, but to walk, and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering or responsibility."
What about Paul and Silas in Acts 16?
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!" The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household" (Acts 16:19-31).
Maybe something like this happened.
"Paul, are you ok?" "Sure Silas, I'm rubbing my sore back up against this moist jail wall trying to get some relief." "Paul, do you think they will kill us?" "I don't know Silas, I can't think about that right now...there is something coming up in my chest that is overtaking me." "What is it Paul?" "I'm not sure Silas, it feels like music though." "Silas, I feel a song coming up and I can't keep it down." "Yeah, Paul I feel it too. Here it comes...lets let it rip!"
And the notes rose up and flew out of the cell bars into the next cells. Then they went out of the jail and hit the atmosphere. They kept rising in the Ionosphere, the Stratosphere, and all the other spheres, until, The Father bent His neck and said to an angel," What is that I hear angel?" "Ah, Sir, it sounds like music, but that's pretty common up here." "No, angel, this is different, this sounds New, kind of like a New Song."
The Father could not restrain Himself any longer, He loved the sounds so much, and He started tapping His Foot. Since the Earth is the Lord's footstool, the Earth reacted pretty violently when it felt the tap of The Father. "A major earthquake occurred, and behold, the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone's shackles were unfastened" (Acts 16:26).
Larry Chkoreff; August, 2000