An Image of Death

I was taken aback by how different she looked

Psalm 40:1-17

Reference: “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭40:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: When I was 18 years old my grandmother passed away. She was well loved and it was a very sad time for our whole family.

As I was not present when she passed away I attended the funeral parlour to view her body.

When I looked at my incredible grandmother lying there I was taken aback by how different she looked. Without her life and soul and vibrancy she could have been any older lady lying there.

For days afterwards I walked around with this image in my head. Every time I thought about my grandmother I couldn’t shake this lifeless form.

Until I answered the phone at my parents house one day. On the desk by the phone there was a photo of my grandmother.

She was sitting in her chair in her home giving the photographer a great big smile.

That’s how I really remembered my grandmother! But I needed this beautiful reminder to remove the previous image from my mind.

Application: In Psalm 40 the writer talks about God putting a new song in his mouth. I felt like God put a new image in my head when I really needed it.

He has the ability to change our perspective, to open our minds, to give us new thoughts.

We were not made to stay in the same state for a long period of time. God allowed us seasons to change us and move us.

Let’s be open to God’s prompting. While we may have always seen things one way, may we be open to the new song God is wanting to give us.

Prayer: Lord, You give us time and space to deal with change. But there are times when we need a new song. Give us Your song so we may proclaim Your love and Your grace in what we say. Amen.

What new song do you need in your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.