I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me [and put me] in a spacious place. The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? With the Lord for me as my helper, I will look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in nobles (vv. 5-9).
The stunning thought occurs to me that I’ve already made most of the major decisions I’ll make in this life—choice of spouse, education, profession, Lord and Savior.
The psalmist is in the same boat. He can either trust his friends, or he can take refuge in the Lord. He can even consult with “princes” (authorities and experts), or he can cry out to the Lord in his dilemma. Human resources or divine power? Which shall it be?
I can trust in secular philosophy, humanistic psychology, and modern science and technology. I can cast my lot with the scholars and experts of human opinion. Or I can take the often unpopular stance of placing my faith in the Lord. When I choose the Lord, he erases past error and teaches me to sing again!
Lord, I’m so prone to human error without your constant watch care. Help me always to look to you—not to manmade systems—to define my life and to bring back the music when I falter.
A Contemporary Lyric
Teach Me to Sing Again
In my wandering, my heart hardening,
In such little things I made the wrong choice;
And for many days, in such little ways,
My life went astray from Your still, small voice.
Ever straying, disobeying,
Rarely praying, not judging right from wrong!
Needing closeness, not remoteness
I almost lost the joy of Your priceless song.
Teach me to sing again, light up my face again,
Help me trust again, dear Lord, today;
Teach me to sing again, lifting my praise again,
Free me to love again, dear Lord, I pray.
Words and music by Don Wyrtzen © 1985 by Singspiration.