“You will know you’re coming through a lament when you begin to hear a new song of praise.”- Esther Fleece
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in Him.”- Psalm 40:3
Esther Fleece concludes Chapter 11 of No More Faking Fine as she asserts that a new song only occurs when we’ve walked through lament. Again, this lament requires honest communication with God as we wait on Him. Yet, our time of waiting does not disappoint.
However, a new song of praise doesn’t make our hurts disappear forever. Ms. Fleece explains:
“The dangers and troubles are still very present. But . . . God’s presence and His Spirit . . . work in our hearts [to] clear the way for us to sing a new song. And even in our troubles, it is God who helps us to stand firm.”
In addition, this new song gives us a whole new language. Before now we were unable to sing this song. As Esther writes, “lament opens our eyes to see God with us and for us in every circumstance.” As a result, lament provides fresh:
- experiences of His presence
- hope in His character- His love and compassion
- comfort in His mercies, new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23
Furthermore, even if you’re in the deepest of pits and the darkest of nights, take comfort that God sings right over you. Hold unswervingly to hope, and take heart until you’re ready to sing a new song.
In conclusion, Ms. Fleece exhorts:
“Lament is the language designed to bring us back to life — deeper into Jesus and deeper into the healing only He can provide.”
Today’s question: Currently, what new song of praise fills you ears and heart? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the Annotated Bibliography of No More Faking Fine