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Friday | 29 July 2016
When the Song of the Lord becomes our Song, others will also be illumined to see Him. They, too, will see the Lord of glory. They will then fear Him as ‘the Lord strong and mighty in battle’ and, because of this, they will also put their trust in Him. The psalmist wrote, ‘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’. When we sing the new Song, many will see that we have a different point of reference from those in the world. Like the heroes of faith, we, too, confess that we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth. The world is no longer our dwelling place, in the sense that it is not our point of reference for how we live. It is not our home. Our home is the city of Zion. Its life and culture are our point of reference for how we align our lives.
As Christian pilgrims, we are heading toward that spiritual city, whose Builder and Maker is God. However, we must be very careful to keep to the path that the Lord has set; otherwise, we will never get there. We will be lost along the way. Paul wrote that ‘we must give earnest heed to the word we have heard, lest we drift away’. If we desire to make the journey, God’s word must be our map, and His fellowship must be our compass, as we walk circumspectly with our brethren. We sing our Song of pilgrimage each step of the way home. His ‘Song’ in our mouth is our ‘new Song’, and this is a Song of victory. By the mighty power of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will overcome every obstacle which stands in the way of making it all the way home.
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.
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. (2) For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty.
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth.