And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. - Psalm 40:3
I'm opening with prayer today to the One who is worthy of all our praise - to the One who daily puts new songs in our mouths and restores our souls.
Mere words cannot express how grateful I am that you are who you are and that you are there for me always to sustain and restore my soul. I will give praise to you for the new songs you have put in my mouth and I will sing them so that others can come to also know your goodness and grace. As a hymn I love says, "Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King", I ask that you do just as the words say. Please take my voice and let it sing your praises.
Take my voice and let me sing... God has given us many reasons to sing and praise Him for all He has done in our lives. Sometimes we don't have to look very far to recognize the blessings. Sometimes we need to dig deep to find God's treasure in the rubble of our lives. Whatever the case, we will always have cause to sing and when we sing of God's truth, mercy, love, protection and restoration in our lives, people around us will want to have what we have found. I am choosing to close with Psalm 138 today which also gives many reasons why we can and should take our voices and sing to and about God. Read this psalm slowly and as you read it think about each line and how you can thank God for some similar circumstances in your own life. You may even want to use it as a prayer today...I think I will.
Psalm 138 (NKJV)
1 I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, When they hear the words of Your mouth.
5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, For great is the glory of the LORD.
6 Though the LORD is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.