Words from the Heart for Friday May 12th, 2017
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 40:3 (NRSV)
A New Song in My Mouth
When we come to the Lord we always gain a song. The Lord reveals to us that whatever the background of our lives, we not only needed the Lord but also have been wonderfully changed by Him. Even though you may not feel that your story is totally amazing, yet your experience with the Lord still matters. Others will be drawn to the Lord through you.
In this year of Canada’s sesquicentennial, some of you are old enough to remember Canada’s official song for Centennial year, 50 years ago, in 1967. “Ca-na-da,” also known as “”The Centennial Song””, or “”Une chanson du centenaire”” in French, was written by Bobby Gimby in 1967 as part of Expo 67 celebrations. It was commissioned by the Centennial Commission and written in both of Canada’s official languages, English and French. The song’s recording was performed by the Young Canada Singers, two groups of children – one group in Montreal that sang the French lyrics and another in Toronto that sang in English. The musical score was composed by Ben McPeek. The single went on to be the most successful single in Canada in 1967, selling a then unprecedented 270,000 copies.
Music has always been a human way to express emotion. The emotion doesn’t matter – it can be positive or negative – happy, sad or angry. And as far back as recorded history, music has been used to express praise and adoration to the Creator of the universe. The book of Psalms is the song book of the people of Israel. King David wrote 73 of them – almost half. And in Psalm 40:3 he explains where the inspiration came from: “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.” The more that David understood the holiness of God and experienced His grace and forgiveness, the more his heart was filled was song. Music poured forth and generations of Jews and Christians have been blessed by what came from David’s heart and mouth. The book of Psalms has been used by the Lord to draw many to Him. Only eternity will show how many people have had their hearts moved and their lives drawn to God by such beautiful lyrics as “the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” David knew that God would use his music to draw people to Himself. The songs that David wrote are as impactful in our day as they were in his. How has your life been impacted by the songs that David wrote? And what new song of praise has he put in your life today?
These have been words from the heart.