“I waited patiently for the Lord, and 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 will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3
What price can be set on restored joy?
What value is the heart of one set free to sing a new song to God?
The Lord spares no expense as He reaches out to restore joy, to set free, and to draw the one to Himself. Jesus taught and illustrated the value He places on one restored life:
Leaving the 99 sheep for the 1
Making a clean sweep of the house to find 1 coin
Watching, waiting, months, perhaps years, for the 1 son
“What a waste!” thought the religious leaders surrounding Jesus.
“Why this waste?” wondered the onlookers as the woman poured out the costly perfume over Jesus’ head and feet.
It’s apparent Jesus had fundamentally different values than those around him…and us. The world blatantly advertises its values–appearance, youth, security, success, pleasure, and achievement. Then there’s my own little world or kingdom, with my personal investments in comfort, security, avoidance of conflict, and validity or acceptance from others.
But God’s kingdom is righteousness, peace, and joy. His kingdom is where one matters as much as many, the poor in spirit are rich, mourning turns to joy, beauty to ashes, meekness becomes honour, and being spent or giving away, means great gain. My kingdom is seen, light-weight and temporal. His kingdom is unseen, weighty and eternal. Lasting. Enduring.
His kingdom is marked by extravagant love, mercy, kindness and grace. No holding back…even bordering on the appearance of wastefulness. So whose values are skewed? Mine or God’s? The answer is obvious and it’s where I am both challenged, and hopefully, growing in daily. Through extravagant choices and “wasteful” decisions, the Lord has graciously allowed me to see restoration unfold in someone’s life, with joy and a new song in their heart!
So, back to the original question:
Of what value is the heart of one restored, or the joy of a new song in one’s life?
The Psalm above says, when joy is restored in one….many will see, and trust in the Lord.
How much is THAT worth?!