It's Five Minute Fridays, where we write for fun, and/or for free therapy for five minutes. Then we post our unedited work (I correct typos), and we visit the person, who linked up before us.
Our gracious hostess is the encouraging Lisa-Jo, and she selects a word as the guest of honor for each week's writing party.
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This week's Guest of Honor is "Song."
When does God give you a new song? Do you go up to some heavenly jukebox, stick in a prayer coin, and a song plays?
Psalm 40:1-3 gives a surprising answer. In Psalm 40:1-2, the psalmist complains and then calls out to God, and then God answers him, and puts his feet on solid rock.
All after the psalmist struggled in miry clay. Will he stay in the clay? Will we? It may feel at times like we will never get up out of the mud and place our feet on solid ground.
But we can take hope, because in verse 3, the psalmist declares that God has given him a new song to sing, a song of praise to our God.
A new song after the shifting sands and struggles. And it is true.
Some of the people I know in person, and online, who have gone through some of the darkest struggles, and made it through, sing the most beautiful songs.
They tell of how God rescued them, although at times, it seemed as if He had abandoned them. They point to where they were and where they are now because of God's work in their lives.
And when I hear their song, I want to sing along.
So may we be encouraged to know that we will have a new song to sing although our lives may seem song-less and full of sand right now.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.- Psalm 40:1-3 ESV
May you wait patiently for the Lord, as you cry out to Him,
Knowing He will draw you out of the pit, and out of the miry bog,
and set your feet on a rock, so you can walk secure,
May He give you a new song to sing,
a song of praise that will cause many to see and
revere God and trust Him.
P.S. Lisa-Jo's word "Song" reminded me of a promise God gave me last year about giving me a new song to sing, Psalm 40:3. I am singing but I don't feel like I have the whole song yet, just parts...but I am grateful to be singing. Even if it is on and off....
Where do you find yourself along the continuum of Psalms 40:1-3?
What song are you singing today?
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