“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.” (Psalms 40:3)
One of the best ways to describe the Christian life is by the ‘new song’ we sing. What is the new song of the believer?
IT IS A SONG OF REDEMPTION
David said, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. 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. Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust…” (Psalms 40:1-4)
Psalm 40 is a song of celebration for God’s deliverance. We learn from these verses that at some point in his life, David was in what he described as a ‘horrible pit.’ Perhaps his pit was when Saul was trying to kill him. Perhaps it was when his son Absalom rebelled against him and tried to take the throne. Or perhaps it was when he was broken over his sin with Bathsheba and was praying for God’s forgiveness and spiritual restoration. Beginning at verse 11 we read, “Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me. For innumerable evils have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head; therefore, my heart fails me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me…” (Psalm 40:11-11-13) Regardless of what his pit was, the Lord delivered him.
IT IS A SONG OF RESTORATION
David also writes, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” (Psalm 40:2) Even though David may have caused himself to be in this pit, the Lord did not abandon him. God rescued him from the pit and miry clay, and set his feet upon a solid rock.
THEREFORE, IT IS A SONG OF REJOICING
In conclusion David writes, “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” (Psalm 40:16). God had delivered David from his pit and therefore he was rejoicing!
Has God delivered you from some horrible pit? Has He rescued you from the miry clay? If so, then like David, you must sing your song! David said, “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.” (Psalm 40:3) You must sing your song because God has been good to you and because there are others who need to be reassured that God will deliver them as well.
God bless you, Brethren.
* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New King James Version.