“He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God;
many shall see, and stand in awe,
and put their trust in the Lord.” –Psalm 40:3
There are moments in my life when I’ve needed an attitude adjustment: I’ve been grumpy about x, y, or z thing and realized my grumpiness (and usually the fact that I really didn’t need to be grumpy) about whatever was going on. Usually, these times involve things out of my direct control where I am reliant on other people or events to “get with the program!”
In those moments, especially when I become cognizant of my unhappiness, I see clearly that my mental state and my attitude are effecting others around me. Chances are, you’ve been around someone you know who was frustrated, agitated, unhappy, etc. and been left feeling a bit more frustrated, agitated, unhappy, etc. yourself. We have a larger impact on those around us–and especially those with whom we are in relationship of any kind–than we realize.
The psalmist acknowledges this in the portion of the Psalter appointed for today’s Morning Prayer service. However, for the psalmist, not agitation or frustration is the contagion, but praise to God. Those who hear the “new song” of praise to God are left standing in awe. The attitude adjustment that this new song brings results in a new trust in God for those who are witness.
What new song has God put in your mouth? What will you do or say today–what “song of praise”–will let even one person know of your faith, your love, your thankfulness to God?
In Christ’s Name,