Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Singing His Praises

“Congratulations” is a word of encouragement that we all enjoy hearing. Being recognized for any of our accomplishments means that someone has noticed what we have done. It usually brings us feelings of worth and value, importance and significance. Often we swell with pride saying, “Look at me! I’m someone special.”

When things had finally stabilized in David’s life he paused briefly and rejoiced by saying, “He put a new song in my heart.” This was not the first time that God heard and answered his prayers. God had delivered him many times - perhaps more times than he could ever remember. And this may not necessarily have been a new song. It could have been one that he sang many times before. Thanksgiving and praise were a central part of his life. Recognizing God’s goodness is a predominant theme in the Psalms. But “a new song in his mouth, a new hymn of praise.” What could this possibly mean?

All too often we take God’s goodness for granted. We expect His deliverance from “messy” situations. We expect Him to heal us when we are sick, we expect Him to provide for our financial needs, we expect Him to be with us when we travel. And He is. And He does guide and guard us and give us what we need. And we express our thanks. Usually. But every time God does protect us and provide for our needs is a new act of deliverance. Each day is a new day and each gift a new gift because we have never been where we are today. It’s all new!

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to stand in awe, be surprised and sing a hymn of praise for your goodness and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 40:3 He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.

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