December 10, 2018
- By Ed Powell
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"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." Psalm 40:3
How blessed to see and hear the words of praise from those who have been wonderfully delivered from the entanglements and bondage of sin. There is a refreshing glow in their countenance, a sparkle in their eyes, a triumphant sound in their voice and a transformation in their life. This is not something they have conjured up themselves; this is the mighty work of God's grace in their life that has set them free from the penalty of sin and brought them into the family of God.
David had this experience when he meditated on the love of God that embraced his life. He could not adequately express the floodgates that burst open in his soul. He said, "Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my innermost being, praise his holy name" (Psalm 103:1). He continued verse after verse seeking to express what he could not contain of the joy of the Lord that possessed his whole being.
Such is the testimony of those who have been awakened to their great need of God's redeeming grace and found their deliverance at the foot of the cross. This is but the "beginning" of all God wants to do in and through us. Jesus said, "I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). God puts within the heart and life a "new song" of those who have been reconciled to Him. This is a song of salvation, a release from the bondage of sin, and the liberty and freedom they have not known before. They are now children of the King, held in the mighty hand of God forever!
This "new song" is a song of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord that shall ring forth, not only in word but also in life, as we dare to walk in the light of God's presence. It is a triumphant song that consumed Paul even amidst the persecutions, distress and trials that he encountered constantly. There is never a word of self-pity or complaint from Paul but only that "song of triumphant" that was his in Christ. After being denied by God with the taking away of his thorn in the flesh, God said, "My grace is sufficient for thee." To this Paul replied, "I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, them am I strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Paul knew about this "new song." It resounded everywhere he went and in everything he did. He lived it! It was the embedded mark of his identification with Christ.
Look what he said in 2 Corinthians 2:14, "Thanks be unto God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him." Only God can give such a song of triumph. May it ring loud and clear from our heart and be seen in our life. What is the result of such a radiant relationship with Christ? The psalmist said, "Many shall see and hear and shall trust in the Lord" (Psalm 40:3-4).
The life the Holy Spirit possesses will be effective and fruitful to the glory of God. Others, both saved and unsaved, will be impacted by the love of God flowing through such a life. People will see Christ's life being lived out and they will trust the Lord for salvation. The believer also will be challenged to surrender his life to the lordship of Christ. A "new song" should ring forth in the life of every believer to God's praise and glory! I trust it is evident in your life. If not, it can be when you give to the Lord His right to rule on the throne of your heart. Your life will be transformed by His mighty power! Dare to trust!
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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