How Long to Sing this Song?
A few years ago a close friend asked me if I (Tammi) had a section of scripture that was my life verse. I immediately thought of Psalm 40. It's a beautiful Psalm about waiting, trusting and God's faithfulness. U2 recorded a song called "40" inspired by that scripture and they added this verse to their song, "How long to sing this song".
"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 ESV)
Our lives have become marked by months and years of waiting and asking God, "How long?" We pray and reassure God that if we just knew His timeframe, then we could relax. We could live more confidently knowing. We would have a direct answer when asked, "So, when will you guys be moving?" Our kids could have peace knowing a moving timeline. They've said their goodbyes at their old school, just in case we moved before the new school year starts, and still knowing that if they return to that school in the fall, kids will ask questions and assume they had lied about moving away.
My flesh focuses too much on wanting to know how long I will sing this song of waiting and less on the patient part. Our life has been a life of limbo since 2005, almost a decade. We are better at the waiting than we were at the beginning, but it still isn't easy.
Where am I putting my trust? Where is my faith?
Has God not already given me a new song to sing? He has! A song of redemption and rescue. A song of faithfulness and miracles. A song of undeserving love. And yet I wallow too easily in the miry pit, sad and uncomfortable in my filth, but too self-absorbed to see my rescuer's hand.
We can wait and still sing a new song of praise, because we are seeing God's provision and his blessing. And instead of focusing on our wait and the when, we are focusing on praising God in how He is providing.
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