“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 game 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’m learning a “new” song. I put it in quotes because I believe I’ve actually heard it before, but I have never tried to sing it. The thing is is that it’s hard to sing. Even if I had the range that it required, I still think it would be very hard to sing…but I’m going to get up in front of the church Sunday and help lead it. I’m really glad that the video will be playing and that someone will be singing along with me to cover up all of my missed and strained notes. I’m thankful for YouTube and for my friend that will be standing up there with me for sure.
I really want to sing this song. It may be at the very top of my range and my voice will surely hurt for a little bit afterwords, but this is one of those songs. You know what I mean? It’s one of those songs that if you really listen to it and stand up and sing out, it will move you. God will be present because two or more of us will be gathered in His name. Why not invite Him to move, right?
Sometimes, though, I shy away from asking God to move in my life. I guess the main reason is that I’m scared. Sometimes, though, I think I just don’t want to head the direction that I believe that He will take me. I’m kind of stubborn that way.
Tonight I was able to sit with some friends and have some seriously deep discussion about this subject. By the way, I think we’ve solved all of the world’s problems if you’re wondering. But seriously, sometimes I get some comfortable in my sin that I don’t want to ask God to take it away from me because it’s all I know and changing would require an amount of discipline that I really don’t want to deal with.
What I don’t realize most of the time is that when I sit content in my sin, or in “the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire” like the verse says, I’m selling my birthright one more time. There’s goes a few more pieces of me for my future and the fullness of God.
I really do desire to live the best life that God has for me. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” That excites me. I mean, really excites me that God turns and focuses on me and hears my cry, whatever my cry may be. “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” This new song I’m learning is hard. In fact, the range of it is, like I said earlier, at my very top notes, and a lot of the time above them. The timing, too, is pretty much unlike any other song I’ve ever sung.
That’s kinda like God. Sometimes He stretches me until I feel like I can’t stretch any further, and most of the time His timing isn’t at all what I would have done, but it’s perfect. He sees what I don’t, he hears what I don’t and He never misses His mark. My prayer is that I would take the time to learn the new songs, to pray the hard prayers and to seek to see God in a way that I never have before. Father, keep sending me new songs to learn, help me to never be content in my sin and, Father, continue to use me, even if it causes me to stretch a little more. Let the peace of God reign in my life!
Hope you enjoy my new song!