Psalm 40:3 “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”
Every day we have the opportunity for “God to put a new song in our mouths, a hymn of praise to God!” The beauty of this verse made me want to explore how that song could perpetually be in my mouth!!! I looked at Psalm 40:1 to see how David arrived spiritually to position himself for this experience: “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.” In David’s time of need, he did two very simple things that every follower of Jesus can do: 1)Call out to the Lord and 2) Wait on Him. I miss this mark often when I find myself thanking God before I have ever called out! Can you imagine what God would do if I called out to Him first!?! I must strive to discipline myself to always pray first for God’s input or action.
We live in a world of action where decisive action draws great praise. The advantage I am finding when I wait on God is the opportunity to see God’s work or plan in my life. I love seeing prayer requests answered. I remind myself often that answered prayers have many faces: what I desire, rebuke, a trial, another result that might be positive or negative, a blessing in another’s life, a change in the life of another, etc. Too often we expect God to answer prayers through our narrow lens of life. Today I talked to a Christian who placed God in the smallest of terms: “I pray and if God meets me half-way in answering my prayer, then I will meet Him half-way.” His God is no bigger than a vending machine. Calling out in faith is important but waiting is truly the exercise of one’s faith. Do you believe God enough to stand on Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”? This can be difficult when you are facing a tsunamic wave that is about to engulf your life. As followers of Christ, we must cultivate a faith that says we truly believe God is real and is intricately involved in each of our lives.
Another important element of keeping a “new song in your mouth” is your ability to find comfort in God in both good and bad times. It appears easy when your bank account is flush, but how about when it is zero with no job and two young children? 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 teaches us to find comfort in God during these times instead of melting down: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” Praising God and finding comfort in dire times takes faith! Extreme faith does not come casually, but by living a life that continually finds comfort in God in all circumstances.
Proverbs 21:31 gives a final ingredient to keeping the new song that David had: “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.” We must believe that our victory is in God alone. Once we start looking externally for victory, we are setting ourselves up for failure. We can do a lot, but what we do must always be done in faith knowing that God alone determines the outcome. Good or bad we are victors because of Christ alone! God orders our steps, our days, and our destiny. 2 Corinthians 4:18 articulates the importance of keeping our eyes on Jesus: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” We must learn to expectantly look for God’s hand in the unseen.
Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.”
Psalm 40:2 “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.”
Psalm 31:14-15 “But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God. My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.’”
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