“Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wondrous deeds; His right hand has won victory for Him, His holy arm.” (Psalm 98:1)
How often do we find ourselves in a rut or routine that desperately needs a transformation or drastic change of pace? It seems we all go through times in our lives when things become ordinary and routine; one could even say a bit boring. Perhaps God is feeling that same way about our times of worship and praise to Him. The same could be happening during our more intimate, private times in the presence of the Lord. Do we come into His presence feeling angry, sad, discouraged or doubting God's ability and/or willingness to do what we ask of Him? We all go through these times but it remains important for us to have a goal of 'singing a new song.'
In order to sing that new song, we may have to learn to see things in a new way. Instead of looking at the diagnosis of a terminal condition as a negative thing, think of it as an opportunity to witness how wonderful people are, especially during times of need, and potentially watch a miracle unfold as the condition goes into remission, for example. Instead of deeming a child's misbehavior as a detriment to their growth and development, make it a positive, interactive experience between you and your child which will, hopefully, be something the child fondly remembers for many years to come. Then, in all things, sing to our Refuge and Redeemer a new song! He is so worthy of our enthusiastic joy and praise!
Has your spiritual life become mundane and habitual? Have you lost faith that God is there hearing your prayers and always answering according to His plan? What can be done to alter our thoughts and ways to become more confident in God's plan for our lives? When time is spent attempting to improve a process or just make the process more worthwhile, it is doubtful we would have to look too far or listen too hard to hear the 'new song' He has instilled in our hearts; the song of joy, enthusiasm, praise, confidence, faith and victory.
Karla R. Peter
Health Information Specialist, Avera