Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Psalm 40:1-3 Worship Evangelism
Ps 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 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. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
David here testifies to the faithfulness of God in answering his prayer whenever he gets into deep troubles. God has rescued him from the miry bog (stinking swamp) and also restored him to stand on the solid rock. Here is a contrast between a sinking situation in muddy and swampy water without any footing with a solid foundation of a rock. In the process, God made David's steps secure. When we feel we are swamped by our circumstances and sinking fast, we can cry out to the Lord to rescue us and pull us out of the crisis.
This reminds us of Jesus' parable of the wise & foolish builders: the wise one built his house on the rock but the foolish one on the sand. The rock is God's Word. The strong foundation that God wants us to stand on is trusting in the promises of His Word. So, the hymn-writer affirms this truth when he wrote "Standing on the Promises of God."
So because we have experienced God's deliverance and salvation, we can sing new songs of praise to our God. And consequently, many pre-believers will hear about God's faithfulness and put their trust in the Lord. What a beautiful description of worship evangelism: from personal experience of God's salvation to sharing this same experience with unbelievers through songs of praise that tell of His salvation! We can only give to others what we have experienced ourselves.
Thank You Father for Your continual rescue and restoration in our lives. May Your salvation in our experience be the source and inspiration for our new songs to You. And may those who hear our praise to our God put their trust in You. Amen.