“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. We expect Him to provide for every one of our wants and needs. In one way or another He does. He guides us and guards us and gives us what we need. And when He does, it 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 before. So, it’s a new day and it’s all new filled with new gifts. Now, pause with David and sing a new song!
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 put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.