Scripture Reflection: Psalm 40:3

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and they will trust in the Lord.”  Psalm 40:3

It wasn’t my mouth that led me to this truth this week. It was my ears. “My chains are gone. I’ve been set free…” 

I had just given the kids the order to clean up the mess that had become our living room over the weekend. I heard the familiar chorus of complaints and excuses. “But I didn’t get that out! I already picked up!” I also heard the preschool tune that Christi had taught them all when they were little. “Clean up. Clean up. Everybody everywhere…” All of this, I expected. Then, something I did not…

“My chains are gone. I’ve been set free…” As he worked, my middle son sang a different tune. There was no flash mob moment across my house with the whole family joining in, but something did happen. As the new song began, the complaining came to an end. 

“Many will see and fear, and they will trust in the Lord.” Maybe I need to be singing a new song too when a chorus of complaints and excuses rises up around…and inside…me? What song is in your mouth?

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