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

 

In speaking to a great number of people with mental health issues, I’ve been impressed by the hunger so many of them have for God. The hunger to know him and his love. The need for someone greater than themselves to help them live lives that are difficult. Someone in whom they can put their trust.

King David referred to a “new song” in Psalm 40. It’s the song God gave him to sing after a period of suffering. It’s a hymn of praise that tells others what God has done for him. It is hoped OUR NEW SONG would do that as well for the many who need to hear.

Another reason for OUR NEW SONG is to help people with mental health issues see themselves as God sees them. Unfortunately, we live under an attitude of stigma held by much of society. It makes us feel looked down upon. Our self-esteem and confidence suffer. Our ability to lead a full life is diminished.

This should not be. God does not view us that way and neither should we. Yes, our illness may slow us down and keep us from things we’d like to do, but that doesn’t mean we have to think less of ourselves.

There are many verses in the Bible where God tells us we’re equal to others: rich and poor, black and white. And yes, mentally well and mentally ill as well. Galatians 3:28 is one: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

It is my hope that OUR NEW SONG will – with God’s help  – improve the attitudes we have towards ourselves. I pray that God will help us realize we have more courage and strength than we had thought. Listen to what the apostle Paul says:

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Will OUR NEW SONG become a reality? With a friend’s help I’m doing what I can to stay alert to God’s leading. Personally I have a number of resources I’ve put together in the past: Bible Study guides, Gift books containing devotions and photos, Interactive devotionals for use with groups (from years ago, but I’d like to write more). I will eventually look for ways to make these available.

But my writing is only one gift. A variety of others will be needed.

Most of all, we must pray.

marja