A New Song

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“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry…He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40:1,3)

I have been humming a tune for a few days now.  Songs seem to resonate within my heart and soul.  Sometimes it’s like I have a ipod in my brain that keeps reshuffling songs.  It’s almost scary at times that I can recite song lyrics I learned as a child.  But more recently, the tune that’s been in my ear and my head is a tune U2 began singing and still sings today at the end of their concerts.  It’s a song that comes right out of the Bible.   It is found in Psalm 40, a psalm of David – the man after God’s own heart.  David describes within this epic poem the holiness and salvation of God.  How God has rescued David’s life out of the pit and has given him a new song to sing which includes love and praise to the Almighty for what He has done.  It is a new song, yet a song that still needs to be sung by all of us…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEV-Y3b_hvw

There are people all around the World longing to sing a new song.  It is an old song, an ancient song, yet with it brings new life, new hope, and a fresh start.  There are people all around the World longing to find a peace that passes all understanding, a peace that penetrates their troubles in life and provides relief.  Perhaps you’re in need of this new song today as well. 

When we consider the songs this world has to offer, we will eventually come up short and unsatisfied.  All of earth’s wealth could never compare to the glorious riches that God the Father can provide to us.  He will give us a new song to sing.  He will gladly put these words in our mouth and lift us up out of the muck and mire.  He is most definitely worthy to be praised! 

Will you sing a new song?  Are you prepared to encounter the Creator of the Universe who can lift you up from our desolate pit?  Perhaps it’s time to stop humming the songs of the earth which will evaporate and disolve like snow, and ask God for an eternal song, which will last for all time. 

-Just a thought.   

Having the Right Perspective

Perspective matters.  In every aspect of life it matters from which perspective you are peering at any given issue.

Take this sidewalk art for example:

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As one walks up to it from a distance the illusion within this drawn perspective makes it look as though the man is truly standing on a globe.  But what happens when you peer at it from the side?  It looks like this:

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Now the illusion is revealed for what it is.  This globe has been drawn for the viewer to see it head on and not from an angle such as this, but the mystery and trick is quickly broken.

Life can be like this too.  Problems and troubles come our way, but how they effect us is a matter of perspective.  This isn’t some sort of “self-help” thought, but rather a “heart-help” notion.  How we view our worries, our fears and our hurts matters.  It not only matters to our emotional, physical and spiritual well-being; but it matters to God as well.

King David was a man after God’s own heart who knew a thing or two about worries and problems.  He faced death threats, murder attempts; he saw a woman bathing on a roof and plotted to not only seduce her but the murder her husband too.  Some of his problems were of his own making while others were dependent of the whims of a tyrant and foreign entities.  How David faced these trials became a matter of perspective.

Though David wasn’t perfect, he did know where his help came from.  In Psalm 86 he wrote; “Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.  Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you – you are my God.”           So much can be said of these two sentences.  David recognizes how poor and needy he is, and he is in need of saving once again.  He pleads with God to save him, and elicits a powerful reason for his request: “You are my God.”

Problems, fears and worries will be waiting for us in this life like hungry wolves on a hunt, but if we have the right perspective, and declare “You are my God” we too can overcome anything that comes our way!  We may not be delivered from those problems, but we will have One who will journey through it with us…come what may.

What does your perspective look like today?   How is your viewing angle on the problems of life?  Can you boldly declare as David did, I “trust in you – you are my God“?  If you can’t, then perhaps it is time to adjust your vision.  Stand before Him, trust Him, and find that He will always be there for you even in the midst of your worries and fears.

Perhaps it’s time to get some Godly perspective on these earthly troubles.

-Just a thought for today.

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