“He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:3
This man who talks about his song and seems to be very much struck with the fact that he has become a singer, was formerly a man of prayer. I doubt not that he was still praying while he was praising, but he began to pray before he began to praise. It is not good to go in the choir, first we must begin our spiritual experience at the “penitent form.”
He who sings without having wept may have to weep, by-and-by, where he can never sing! Listen to what this man’s experience had been “I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” That is where God gets His singers out of the place of praying and weeping! Where they learn to pray, they begin to sing. Oh, yes, even in Heaven, itself, the sweetest voices that praise God and the Lamb belong to those who came out of great tribulation and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb!
Therefore, are they before the Throne of God and serve Him day and night in His Temple. Do not try to get the joy of Christ without first having sorrow for sin. “The path of sorrow and that path alone, leads to the land where sorrow is unknown.” This man, who says that God has put a new song in his mouth, began with a new prayer in his heart. “I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined unto me and heard my cry.”
Further, this man, who sings so well that he cannot help talking about it, was once in a very deplorable state where there was no singing for him, but God brought him up out of it! Hear what he says, “He brought me up, also, out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings.” Nowadays people do not seem to know much about that horrible pit, I wish they did.
There are more gentle, quiet conversions and I care little how men are converted so long as they are really converted but, after all, the old-fashioned sort of conversions wear best. Men who know from what they are saved, men who have felt the iron rod of the Law and have been crushed and broken beneath the millstones of conviction, these are they who appreciate “Free Grace and dying love” to the fullest and speak of it, and sing of it! I do not find so much of this singing, now, and the reason is because there has been so little of the deep experience of which our good old fathers used to speak.
The Psalmist says, “He brought me up, also, out of a horrible pit out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings and, therefore, it is that this new song is in my mouth.” “Firm on rock He made me stand and taught my cheerful tongue to praise the wonders of His hand in a new thankful song.”