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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 40: 2-3, 9

Psalm 40:2-3, 9

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…I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.

English Standard Version (ESV)

A pastor told the story of a surgeon in New York who was embroiled in a divorce proceeding with his wife. His demands were simple: “give me back my kidney that I gave to you. If you won’t, I’ll settle for $1.5 million.” It was a bitter divorce battle, and the surgeon actually broke down in tears in the courtroom in front of his estranged wife. He had given his wife his own kidney when she was in need and afterward accused her of infidelity. If someone saved your life, could you ever be unfaithful to that person?

Psalm 40 answers that very question. David was in the pit of destruction (v. 2) until God brought him out and set his feet upon the rock in security. David was low, but he wasn’t forgotten, and God swooped down to intervene in David’s life and rescue him. David’s response? Look at verse 3: “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” David couldn’t help but sing the praises of the Lord after his deliverance. Words of praise emanated from David’s soul. He says in verse 9b: “behold, I have not restrained my lips…” What David had experienced was too good to keep to himself. It had to be shared so that many would “see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord (v. 3).”

I’m reminded of Psalm 126:3, which says “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Since we’re filled with this joy of the Lord, let’s share it with those who need joy. Joy isn’t meant to be kept to ourselves, it has to be shared. Once shared, it’s infectious. Let us be infectious joy-givers today. The joy of the Lord is our strength!

Further Reading: Luke 19:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Pray with me:

Father, Your praise will ever be on my lips. You have done great things for me, and I can’t help but praise you today. I’m filled with joy! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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