A NEW SONG
Editor’s Note: “A New Song” by Joshua Lain is one of the daily Lenten reflections written by members of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. It is reprinted here with permission.
By JOSHUA LAIN
I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. 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.– Psalm 40:1-3
He will put a new song in my mouth. The phrase gives a feeling of hope, whether it be the hope of good things to come or the hope that a difficult season of life may soon be behind you. An important thing to consider, though, is the sound of desperation that came before David’s new song. He was in a pit of destruction, a miry bog! Not only that, but he mentions that he had to wait patiently, which means he’s been in that miry bog of destruction for a while!
I waited patiently for the Lord. Sometimes a burden can feel crushing simply because you’ve been under it for so long. Small problems can become big problems. Some of the hardest times in my life have been so because they seemed to drag on for so long. Around the time my wife and I had our first son, we didn’t get much sleep for the better part of a year. It’s typically not a huge deal to get a short night of rest, but after almost a year of that—it becomes a huge deal. Similarly, there have been times in my life when I honestly didn’t feel like I had dialog with God. Years. I would try to pray, but it was like talking to someone who had left the room. That awkward feeling turned eerie. A small problem became a big problem. I was coming to realize what I had turned away from. I came to realize which one of us had left the room.
He inclined to me and heard my cry. Praise God! My goodness, y’all, that right there is trying to give me goosebumps. There are going to be some of you reading this who are still in the miry bog. You’ve cried to the Lord and haven’t heard his response. I believe it’s important that you know, that I cried out to the Lord on many occasions with no clear response. This is where patience and perseverance become major players. In the Lord’s time, though, He inclined to me and heard my cry! So wait patiently for the Lord, and don’t give up!
Take a second to see what David did and what God did in these verses. David waited patiently and cried out to the Lord. After that, God inclined to me, heard my cry, drew me up, set my feet, made my steps secure, and put a new song in my mouth. David got his heart right and was patient for the Lord, and when it came time for the Lord to respond, He did so in a big way.
Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. I believe that life lived during hard times, in the middle of struggles, can have a most profound impact on those who get to see it. While being in a position in which you are crying out to the Lord may be one of struggle, a person who is crying out to the Lord is very useful in the hands of our Mighty Savior.
Joshua Lain works at Lainco, Inc., has served as a deacon at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, and currently serves with his wife Sarah Lain in the Children’s Ministry. Josh and Sarah have four children, Whaley (6), Gideon (4), Ava (3) and Edison (1).
Joshua Lain and family. Photo courtesy Pioneer Drive Baptist Church