New Song

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3

I love the new song that the LORD has put in my mouth. It truly is a hymn of praise. The melody seems to change along with the words depending on the circumstance in which I find myself. The tempo changes, the style changes. It seems to go from classical to (dare I say it?) rock and roll! It moves from somber tunes to celebrative tunes. The words change as well. They can be words of questioning or words of assurance. They can be poetic or guttural; eloquent or colloquial. Yet, it is a new song. Like David, I can sing a new song because my LORD has lifted me from the slimy pit. He heard my cry and turned His ear toward me. He set my feet on a rock. My song is a song of praise because my God rescued me. The amazing thing about a new song is that it longs to be sung out loud—in public. The rest of the psalm makes that clear. I must sing my new song for all to hear so that each person who hears may have the chance to see and fear and put their trust in the LORD and then begin to sing the new song He places in their hearts.

O LORD, thank you for the new song that you have placed in my mouth. Thank you for the various forms that the song takes, each in its season. Thank you for the times that you have made me bold enough to sing your song in me out loud and thank you for all those who have put their trust in you because of the song you have given me to sing. Amen.