He Lifted Me! (Word Art)

Psalm 40


Psalm 40:1-17 (NIV)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 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.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.
6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come– it is written about me in the scroll.
8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.
14 May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, “The LORD be exalted!”
17 Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.


A New Song


“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…


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.   

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