A New Song

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:3 (NLT2)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)

A huge man with his arm in a sling accepted Christ as his Savior on the first night of a prison crusade in the South. He was one of the prison's tough guys. A few days later he said, "You know, something's happening to me. I don't really understand it and I sure can't explain it. I got up this morning and I didn't scream and holler like I usually do. Even my cellmates commented about it. The only way I can describe it is it's like someone took the old MP3 that had been playing in my mind since I was a kid and plugged in a new that was playing new talk and new music." This man was beginning to experience the renewing and reprogramming process. Sometime later he discovered another important factor and added, "But you know, I've got to keep working on it and see to it that the songs are playing."

—Adapted from David A. Seamands, Healing Meditations for Life, (Victor, 1996); quoted in Men of Integrity, Vol. 4, no. 1, (January/February 2001).
, Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "NEW MAN".

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