I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 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. 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.Psalms 40: 1-3
We live in a world where we’re encouraged to “pull ourselves up by the bootstraps”. We’ve been taught how to live and make our way in the world. We spend time and money on self-improvement. We’ve trained to depend on ourselves for whatever we need.
But look at the verses from Psalm 40. He turned to me… He lifted me… He set my feet on a rock…He put a new song.
These words remind me of what I already know- I can’t get out of the pit on my own. I am in quicksand and the more I struggle, the worse my situation becomes. I am totally dependent on His help even when I don’t acknowledge it. But because of what He has done, I have a reason “to sing a new song” and when I sing (I hope this isn’t meant literally for many of us) many will put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40 indicates our lives should be the “new song” we sing -loud enough for everyone to hear.
And what’s the point of the “song I sing?? It’s not to show how I have it all together but to point others to the one who is able and willing to lift them from the pit, to put their feet on the solid rock so they can stand and walk on a firm foundation and put their trust in the Lord.