Psalms 40:1-3 “(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
I can still remember the first time I read this passage in the Word of God. Oh, how it spoke to my testimony of salvation. The horrible pit of sin I was in and the mire that kept me from getting free all disappeared when I trusted Christ as my Savior! The man that led me to Christ mentored me and gave me a love for His Word. I grew to know just what Bible salvation meant.
But the song… the new song. The new song that God placed in my heart and has been on my lips has been one that has lifted me out of depression; comforted me in my sorrow; brought peace when all around seemed in chaos, and calmed the storm when it seemed I would drown. It has met my needs of being loved, accepted, significant and secure.
That new song when sung, has gone out to others to bring the same joy, peace, comfort; that same love, acceptance, significance and security and a presence of God that allowed me to share just what is was to be in His presence.
When you have a new song and sing it early and often, your day is not a drudgery to dread, but an opportunity to embrace! That song becomes music that when shared can change a life. The life of not only the singer but of all who hear.
The words, notes and music of this song is yours to sing. It is not just for those gifted with a voice that is pleasant to our ears – NO! God tells us:
Psalms 98:4 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
Seven times in the book of Psalms it mentions to make a ‘joyful noise’ unto the the Lord. Often, what draws us to a song being sung is not the arrangement, the clarity of voice or the beauty of harmony – those are all good and right things to have – but, the heart of the one singing is as vital, if not more so, than all the rest.
A clean heart, a right heart; one that is wholly sanctified for His service has a beauty all its own!
The Psalmist said, “…even praise unto our God” For every born-again child of God, it should be easy if not reflex for us to be able to genuinely praise God. It is not just an emotional response to God’s touch in our life, but honest praise for Who He is; what He has done, prayers answered, promises kept and love shown.
As we all start another week, may it be void of the clutter of situations and circumstances that cloud our view of our Heavenly Father. The time you and I will spend meditating on this truth, then taking the time to truly praise our God will put us light years ahead of where we would be if stepped into that same rut we’ve dug year after year.