He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.
Have you ever been full of joy, so full that you want to sing and maybe even dance? I remember the Good Friday Night I gave my life to Jesus, I was overflowing with joy that evening. I chatted, prayed and sang in the back of the car on the way back to Fife from Livingston with my fellow passengers. And when I was dropped off on the long driveway leading up to my college residence the waves of joy didn’t stop; I skipped and sang until I reached the student’s residence – I was full of a new song. Sometimes it isn’t possible to skip around and sing, like the time I was in hospital, bedridden after a brain tumour operation. I still remember feeling waves of joy washing over me as I read His Word, and saw answers to my recent prayers – my heart and spirit celebrated regardless of my bodily constraints.
On both examples of being filled with joyful praise for God there were witnesses. Naturally those who shared the car with me in 1984 saw my joy, but so did Mrs. Y. the student residence bursar when I walked in through the front door. She thought I was drunk and needed persuading I was completely sober; thus she was the first person I shared my testimony and the gospel with that night. The second incident occurred in 2002, and was not an isolated incident of the joyous kind in hospital. I remember being called to account several times for my joyfulness and peacefulness during this health crisis, by patients, visitors and staff. I tell you this not from personal pride, but out of excitement of how God can use simple folk like me to shine for His glory.
Dear reader, I do not know how my shining for Jesus affected folk in the long term, but I do know that I helped many to briefly see Jesus through what He had done for me. Have people seen Him in you recently? We are given this great treasure of Salvation to share, rather than hoarding it secretly for ourselves, that others may see Jesus too. (John 8:12, Matthew 5: 14-16).