Recently I ran with a 12 member relay team a difficult 200 mile relay race. Setting a pace and perseverance was key to completing the three 5-8 mile legs each team member was assigned to run. How do you continue without being discouraged and quitting? For me, I would breathe in rhythm and sing songs to keep my mind off the physical pain. Nik Ripken in his book, “The Insanity of Obedience” highlights the practices of the persecuted Christian. One of those practices, is that the persecuted believer has hymns and spiritual songs memorized. During difficult days and seasons, the persecuted believer sings these hymns and spiritual songs as a way to persevere.
Psalm 40 is a psalm of perseverance. David writes, “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.” (Psalm 40:3, NKJV). Do you begin and end each day singing hymns and songs of praise? Do you give praise to God during the difficult seasons of life?