READ : 2 Samuel 23:1-7
Did you ever hear someone preach the gospel whom you knew was inspired by the Holy Spirit? And did you ever hear anybody whom you knew was equally inspired pray with power?
The Psalms are the response of David, a believing, born-again child of God. They testify to the saving, liberating work of God. We love to claim the words of the Psalms as our own response to God. But David is sharing something very private with us here. He is telling us that even his response to God’s saving work was inspired by the “Spirit of the Lord.”
One of the great truths that was recovered by the Protestant Reformation was that every aspect of our salvation is “soli gratia”-by grace alone. John Calvin comments on David’s words in Psalm 40:3, “He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God,” by writing, “As often as he bestows benefits on us, so often does he open our mouths to praise his name.”
David’s response, and our responses-whether they be psalms, prayers or songs-are all moved by the Holy Spirit.
“Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold. I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea. Twas not so much that I on thee took hold, As thou, dear Lord, on me.” Amen. (Anonymous)