“I waited patiently for the Lord,; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, . . . he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”- Psalm 40: 1-3
Laura Story focuses on Psalm 40 as a blueprint for writing worship songs in Chapter 29 of Blessings– although her points are equally applicable to sharing our personal testimonies of giving God glory for His providence in our adversity. The author cites 3 key components of David’s psalm:
1. David begins by telling his story, the highlights as well as the lowlights. When David failed, God restored. David waited patiently- God’s timing was perfect!
2. David responded by singing a new song to the Lord, mindful that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3: 23).
3. David expected the extraordinary. He proclaimed God’s goodness so that others would hear and put their trust in the Lord.
Are we willing to minister to others as we tell our story of God’s sustaining grace? As Bill Bright states: “The sermon of your life in tough times ministers to people more powerfully that the most eloquent speaker.” Gigi Graham Tchividjian notes the importance of God’s Word as the anchor of our faith:
“Weave the unveiling fabric of God’s Word through your heart and mind. It will hold strong, even if the rest of live unravels.”
Today’s question: How has Jesus ministered to and sustained you during your desert, transition time. Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: Crown’s annotation of What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?”
Special note: new Short Meditation will post on Monday- “So Near and Yet So Far”