God Put a New Song in My Mouth

This meditation is based on a passage for October 1, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 40

Reflection and Question: The first half of this psalm is all praise and thanksgiving for all the good and loving ways God has cared for the singer. The second half is a plea for help, as the psalmist cries, “Evils have encompassed me without number and my heart fails me.” As our lives swing between difficulty and resolution, between joy and sorrow, between peace and trouble, each new moment prompts a new song, a prayer that rises from our relationship with God and fits the circumstances. What prayer does your moment, now, call for — praise or petition?

Prayer: And may all who seek Love rejoice and be glad;
As for me, though often broken and weak, I know that Love dwells within.
As Loving Companion Presence, O beloved, You are my hope and my joy!
(Nan Merrill, Psalms for Praying, p. 79)