Psalm 40-3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
I love music. I relate to it. When a new song comes on the radio, especially from an artist I like (the Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Third Day), I listen intently. I can’t wait for the station to play it again so I can learn the words and sing along. I think about that song off and on during the day and find myself humming it. It is on the front of my thoughts. Do you do that?
When words are put to music, they seem easier to learn. The message comes out with emotion and purpose. Perhaps that is why David wrote the Psalms – songs about God and His relationship to David and to Israel. Songs about overcoming strife and evil, finding comfort in God & being thankful, and about God’s holy power. It is a shame we do not have the music to go along with them – perhaps we’d learn them better. So many of the powerful hymns of yesterday and today are taken from Scripture. It brings the Word alive. It puts it in the front of our thoughts.
But, God has given us each a new song in our hearts, hasn’t He? Each of us have testimony to what He has done for us, the lessons we have learned in His presence, and the times He was right there to see us through it all. Do we hum those “tunes” during the day – I mean do we recall His goodness and mercy? Do we listen intently, and imprint it on our thoughts so we can recount them over and over. Do we then tell others of our song, and open our mouths when prompted to share that message of praise to Him?
I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but God can make my words melodious to another hurting soul. May I not be so timid and sing aloud the song of ultimate love – the one my Savior and first love gave to me. It is a song worth shouting about into the Heavens, and into the broken world . Bet you have one too.