So often in our times of trial and difficulty the first thing to go silent is the song in our heart. When pain comes into our lives, joy is drowned out in the anthem of anguish that fills our broken and burdened hearts. The Scriptures speak often about a "new song" rising from the lips of God's people after He has rescued and delivered them out of oppression and slavery. When God delivers us from the shackles of this sin-bound world, sorrows and sighing flee away and a new song is born in our heart. From out of the orchestra pit of prayer and weeping is where the Lord assembles His heavenly choir (Revelation 14:1-5). We cannot know the joy of the Lord without first having experienced sorrow for our sin. "And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. The shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Isaiah 35:10).
"I waited patiently for the LORD;
and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock,
and established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth -
praise to our God;
many will see it and fear,
and will trust in the LORD."
Job provides a vivid picture of the humiliation of our Lord Jesus Christ, as he sat day after day on the ash heap enduring the disdainful looks of his entire community, and with their spittle running down his cheek. "I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting" (Isaiah 50:6; fulfilled in Matthew 26:67a; 27:30). What Job's friends and neighbors didn't realize was that the Lord had chosen His beloved servant for a special assignment to show them the desperate and diseased condition they were all in. They had no idea that they were the ones being judged. Their friend Job had done all he could with his worldly wealth and influence to rescue his community from their difficulties and struggles, but he could only offer them temporary relief. As soon as they realized that he could no longer benefit them, the people turned on him and started looking for another source in a vain attempt to silence the endless cry of their flesh. What they all desperately needed, which no man could supply, the Lord was revealing to them through His servant Job, whose life pointed to the One who alone would save and deliver mankind from sin - the true Servant Jesus Christ, "who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2). May we not allow our hearts to sink so low as poor Job's, as he began to hum his funeral hymn, but rather rejoice, and allow our spiritual eyes to be opened to see the greater work the Lord is doing in the midst of our trials and pain. May He use this time of sorrow and grief to re-string our hearts and tune them to a new melody that will bring glory to His holy name. "Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints...For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand" (Psalm 149:1, 4-6). Let us lift up our glad voices with praise to our King Jesus who reigns in heaven and in our hearts, and is coming again soon to reign on the earth! "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).
"They sing the song of Moses,
the servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb, saying:
"Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
Who shall not fear You, O LORD,
and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
for Your judgments have been manifested.
After these things I looked, and behold,
the temple of the tabernacle
of the testimony in heaven was opened."