This is where I spend so much of my time. I work here. I create here. I socialize here (media-wise). It’s my spot. That’s why there’s so many things on the mirror.
There’s phrases or Bible verses that move me…
There’s a picture of someone special who’s no longer here…
There’s a card from my husband that makes me happy…
Something from my son’s holiday shop at school…
And then, there’s this…
I just love the message of this. And it moves me today. It causes me to think before I open my mouth. Because really, do I have a song? Or do I just have an answer…
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3
Honestly, for so long I thought I had the answer. That’s why I opened my mouth. It’s reflected in my son here lately when I try to tell him something. He cuts me right off and says, “I know, I know.”
Amazing thing is He always knows.
Just like me. For once upon a time, I thought I knew it all. So I spoke it all.
This morning, though, I pause. And I contemplate God’s people who went before me. Like the children of Israel who were delivered from slavery. They saw God’s great power and believed. Then, they opened their mouths in song.
They sang, “I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted.” (Exodus 15)
Then, there’s Mother Mary. She saw God’s great power when He filled her with His mercy and grace… fruit in her womb. And she was blessed for she believed. And like Israel, she opened her mouth in a hymn of praise.
She sang, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”
Then there’s me. For so long, I opened my mouth because I thought I knew something. But today, I pause.
I wonder… do I have an answer or a song? And if it’s simply an answer, then I think I should hush up. Because no one wants to hear a know-it-all, right?
Rather, people want to hear something lovely. Songs of redemption. And deliverance. An hymn of praise…
That’s what people want to hear. It’s what they need.
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the lyre; make music to Him with a ten-stringed harp. Sing a new song to Him; play skillfully on the strings, with a joyful shout. Psalm 33:1-3