Psalm 40

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”  Ps. 40:1

This is one verse that I want read on my wedding day.  It is a verse that not only holds a promise, but a fulfillment; not only holds hope for the future, but comfort for today.  Someday I will be able to say that I “waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry”… but I can say that even now.  I am waiting patiently right now — and right now, my God inclines to me.  He always has an open ear.  Sometimes “waiting” rings of twiddling thumbs and long lonely years ahead.  But it doesn’t have to be that way…

“He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” (vs. 2)

I can definitely say that sometimes “waiting” sounds as appealing as a miry bog, and it feels like it too.  Dragging you down, holding you back — keeping you from what you long for so much.  But God doesn’t leave us there — he draws us up and out.  He sets our feet upon the Rock of Jesus Christ, and only then are our steps secure.  Why are they secure?  Because in Christ we are guided on our way.  On our own, we fall back into the bog.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” (vs.3)

Have you ever tried to force joy in trial?  I have.  I willed myself to be joyful.  I walked around the house saying, “Be joyful!  Be nice!  Look happy!”  You can imagine the effectiveness of such a solution.  No, David says — “He put a new song in my mouth”.  He put it there.  Only through Christ can we have the joy in trial — in waiting.  He puts it in us.  It is not a part of us that can be willed into existence.  It overflows through Him.

“Blessed is the woman who makes the Lord her trust, who does not go after the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!” (vs. 4)

I know what it is to be tempted to go after the proud; to follow those who are believing a lie.  But we must choose to trust God, and then we will be blessed.  Not only trust God; but make the Lord your trust.  He is the extent, the essence, the whole of our trust.  He is everything.

“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (vs. 8)

We want to obey Him when we love Him.  When His law is within our hearts it is in our core, it means everything to us.  We follow it because He is leading us and we have chosen the right way.  Those who love God’s Word will follow God’s Will, and it will be evident in their life.

“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”  As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me.  You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.” (vs. 16-17)

May all who seek Him rejoice and be glad in Him.  I am poor and needy, but the God of the universe, Creator of all, Lord of Lords and King of Kings, takes thought for me.


2 Responses

  1. Wow, Phylicia. This is a wonderful post, and brought me much encouragement. I can truly sympathize with the feelings experienced while “waiting” for something or someone, but the verses and thoughts you shared offer light and truth on this path. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

  2. I really enjoy your posts Phylicia. It is so encouraging to be turned to Jesus for all our needs and in all difficulties. May the Lord continue to use your posts to bring glory to Him and encouragement to so many. 🙂

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