Psalm 40:1-3 - Here Comes a New Song.

Psalm 40:1-3 (NLT) I waited patiently for 
the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and 
heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of 
despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet 
on solid ground and steadied me as I walked 
along. 3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn 
of praise to our God. Many will see what he has 
done and be amazed. They will put their trust in 
the Lord.  


While experiencing trials at the hands of 
his enemies, David asked God for help, but the 
answer did not come immediately. He waited"and 
then God worked! What a change took place: David 
went from a pit to a highway, from miry clay to a 
rock, and from crying to singing! [Chapter by 
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

   It's like your great-grandmothers 
recipe for bread: every time you make some bread 
you prepare it with the same ingredients, and in 
the same way she used to a hundred years ago. 
The recipe is old, but the bread you enjoy is 
fresh and new. 
   The new song does not have new 
ingredients. It has the same truth as the songs of faith 
the psalmists wrote thousands of years ago. But 
the new song must be prepared anew in a new 
heart of faith. 
   When we sing the new song, people hear 
the grand old truths, but there's a freshness 
there, because it comes piping hot from the oven of 
a new heart filled with joy in Gods 
goodness and faithfulness. 


   It was talent night at one of our Family 
Retreats, and Cindy, a young woman with severe 
cerebral palsy, was the last one scheduled to 
perform. Cindy's mother pushed her daughter in her 
wheelchair out onto the platform. Cindy, she told us, 
had been working hard all week on her song... 
Amazing Grace. But how was this going to work? 
Because of her disability, Cindy couldn't speak. 
Then her mother walked off stage and left Cindy 
alone. The young woman laboriously stretched out 
her twisted fingers and pushed a button on her 
communication device attached to her chair. And out came 
the monotone computerized voice, Amazing grace, 
how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like 
   As the computer continued the hymn, Cindy 
turned her head to face us, the audience, and with 
enormous effort, began to mouth all the words, as 
best she could. What's more, her smile lit up the 
entire place. It was a performance that any opera 
star or top Christian recording artist would 
envy. Amazing grace is not a new song, but that 
night, it was sung in an entirely new way. Although 
Cindy was unable to sing the words, it rose up as 
a ringing hymn of praise to God. I can imagine 
the angels leaning over the edge of heaven, 
filled with wonder, to catch every word. 
   In some parts of the world today, people 
risk their very lives to praise Jesus in public. 
And there are men and women like Cindy, who 
unashamedly lift up his name with physical and emotional 
difficulty we can't begin to understand. The question 
is, if we are so easily able to praise the name 
of Jesus without physical struggle or fear of 
reprisal.., why don't we? 
   Thank you, Lord for the courageous 
example of this young woman who declared your praise 
even when it was very difficult. Teach me, Lord, 
from her example. [Joni Eareckson Tada Daily 


   Even though the song was composed before 
I was born (which makes it a real oldie), I 
often find myself humming it in the shower at the 
beginning of a busy day, between appointments and 
assignments in the middle of a hectic day, and on the 
road home at the end of a tiring day. Somehow it 
adds a soothing touch of oil to the grind: 
"Without a song the day would never end  without a 
song  " 
   True, isn't it? The right combination of 
words and melody seldom fails to work its magic. 
And given the pressures and demands we are 
forced to cope with on a daily basis, we could use 
a little magic. 
   The homemaker with children at her feet 
who faces fourteen or more hours a day in the 
grind of an endless list of chores. The 
professional who deals with the grind of people, people, 
people. The truck driver who heads into the grind of 
traffic snarls and monotonous miles. The athlete who 
lives with the grind of unending hours of 
practice. Students and faculty who face the cynical 
grind of daily preparation and assignments, exams 
and papers. 
   Fact is, no matter who you are or what 
you do, the grind ain't gonna go away! The sales 
person has quotas. The performer has rehearsals. 
The therapist can't escape one depressed soul 
after another. The preacher is never free of 
sermon preparation. The broadcaster cannot get away 
from the clock any more than the military person 
can escape the hassle of red tape. Days don't 
end  roads don't bend  help! 
   The question is, how do we live beyond 
the daily grind? The answer is, a song. But not 
just any song! Certainly not some mindless, 
earsplitting tune yelled into a microphone. No, not that. 
I have in mind some songs that are really old. 
We're talking ancient here. In fact, they are the 
ones inspired and composed by our creator God. 
They're called psalms. 
   These are the timeless songs that have 
yielded delicious fruit in every generation. Not 
silly ditties, but strong melodious messages 
specially designed to help us live beyond the grind. 
That's right, beyond it. We'll get along as long 
as a psalm is strong in our souls." 
   Those age-old compositions drip with the 
oil of glory that enables us to live beyond the 
grind. Songs of victory, affirmation, and 
encouragement, of confidence-giving strength, of hope, of 
   Without God's song in our soul, our long 
days will never end and those wearisome roads 
will never bend. 
   God's Book is full of songs - 150 of 
them. Let's sing them frequently and allow their 
time-tested lyrics to oil our days. 
   When the long days wont end and 
wearisome roads never bend, be sure to have one of 
God's songs in your soul. [Chuck Swindoll 


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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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