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Day #5 - Singing a New Song

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Psalm 40:1-10 (NIV)

“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 gave 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 the Lord
and put their trust in him.

“Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire-
but my ears you have opened-
burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come-
it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.’”

Reflection

David begins this Psalm with a confession of his past experience, and as he “waited patiently” for the Lord his faith grew. As God heard his cries He rescued him from “the slimy pit.” Since the pit is often a metaphor for death, the “pit” and the “mud and mire” may also represent the underworld or the realm of the dead. But God did not merely rescue David from death; He “set David’s feet upon a rock,” and gave him a “firm place to stand.” God provided refuge, stability, and security. For David salvation is not only to be saved from something, it is also to be saved for something. Christ rescues us from sin, and He also rescues us for Himself. We are now secure and established in Him.

So as a result of God’s saving work, David now has a “new song.” And what a wonderful new song we have to sing, as our God also lifted us up out of the mud and mire.  As we sing it from our hearts, may we live it out in our lives and give all glory to God!

Responding to the message

Spend time in prayer, remembering how far God has brought you from where you were as a nonbeliever.  Reflect on His goodness and work of His hands in your life.  Meditate upon how great God is and lift a song of praise unto Him!

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