Today’s Scripture: I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath 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 40:1‑3

There once was a family who had a little songbird that loved to sing every day. One day, the mother was cleaning the bird cage and decided to vacuum the bottom. As she did, the attachment fell off the vacuum hose. When she bent down to pick it up, she stuck the hose up into the air. The next thing she heard was the sound of the little bird being sucked through the tube. Frantically, she turned off the vacuum and dug through the bag. She found the shell-shocked bird, dusted it off, and tried to get all the dust out of its tiny mouth. To this day, the bird has never sung again.

This story leads me to the thought: have we lost our song? Although we will never get sucked into a vacuum cleaner, we sometimes find ourselves in a pit, unsure how to get out of it. In our fear and discouragement, we lose the joyful praise that once filled our hearts. While we neglect to seek God’s help or are waiting for Him to answer, we lose our sense of purpose. Scripture tells us God wants to hear from us. He longs for a close fellowship with each of us and desires to give us a new song.

Most of the time, we try to free ourselves. But the truth is the more we struggle to pull ourselves out the further into the mud we will sink. The miry clay will eventually pull us down to the bottom. The only way out is for someone to pull us out—and that Someone is God. There are many times in life when no one comes to put their arm around you; when that happens, encourage yourself in the Lord. You are not alone even when you feel alone. God is great and powerful, and he can pull you out of the mud if you only let Him. Through Christ, you can overcome any problem you will ever face in this world.

You may have recently experienced a season of life which took your song away.  If you are wondering why God allowed it, consider this: when the Lord puts the song back in your life, brings you out of the miry clay, and sets you upon a rock, it will attract other people to Him. The world around you is literally stuck in the mud because they have no hope to cling to and no rock on which to stand. It will be clear to them that you are different because God, in his loving kindness, has given you an escape and a song of praise. Friend, take hold of Him today. God wants to hear you sing.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.