I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; 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. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Psalm 40:1-3 NIV
I love music. I always have. Music is like food for the soul. Like carbs, it energizes. Like chocolate, it sweetens the day. Like spicy peppers or onions, it prompts tears. Like a warm cup of tea, it comforts. Music defines the contours of my days. It motivates me, inspires me, moves me. It highlights memories and fosters dreams. It lays down the rhythm and momentum by which I write things like newsletters and sermons.
Sometimes I just can’t find the right song. Everything seems like a tired replay. I want something new. A new song. A new song that will captivate me. A song with a distinct sound. A song with fresh metaphors that will stir my imagination. A song with a rhythm that matches my season. So I search. I try a new artist. I ask my friends. I try an online radio station. But this rarely works.
But new songs come. They come when I least expect them. A close friend recently messaged me about the release of a new album from one of my favorite artists. Finally, new songs that will leave their impression on my world from this day forward. New songs from an artist I trust.
Psalm 40 has always been one of my favorite Psalms. I’m not always good at patience. But I’ve learned that when I wait patiently for the Lord, he will respond. He always does. He knows when I am standing in the tuneless pit. He knows when my heart has no good song to sing. And in his time, he gently responds, “Listen to this, my child.” It’s always when I least expect it, but it’s always worth the wait. As an old spiritual song says: “over my head I hear music.” Matchless melodies, inimitable harmonies. A new song from an artist I trust.
This season of Lent, may you find yourself singing a new song, your very own incomparable hymn of praise to our God.