Reading: Psalm 40:1-11
Patience is a virtue. Find it if you can. Seldom found in women. Never found in man.
At least that’s the way I remember it.
Then there is this: I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
I’m not too sure about the waiting patiently part, but I am sure about God hearing my cry. Or whimper or complaint or mumbling or grousing or moaning or whatever other foul mood I may be in. And here’s how I know that God hears me: because somehow or another, sooner or later my foul mood brightens.
And then there is this: He put a new song in my mouth.
It’s hard to be miserable when you’re singing. And what wonderful new songs there are to sing. (Every hymn was once new!!) One of the things that I am happy about is the way that recent Lutheran hymnals have expanded our repertoire. We used to sing mostly the hymns that came to us from Europe. Now we have hymns from Africa, South America, Israel, United States, etc. Some of them are so easy to sing, others aren’t. But they’re great fun to learn. Even if we stumble through them and maybe unconsciously change the tune a bit.
If you have an Evangelical Lutheran Worship handy, check out “Wade in the Water” # 459. This is an African-American spiritual that I recently discovered. Not easy to sing, but a great new song.
What new song is God putting in your mouth?
Closing: Watch this YouTube video of the aforementioned song. It is actually a sound check from a group called “Sweet Honey in the Rock.”
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