Reading the Word
Psalm 40:1–5 (ESV)
1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 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. 3 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. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! 5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Psalm 40 begins with the declaration “I waited patiently for the Lord.” This theme of waiting for God has been repeated in the last few psalms that we have read. It is important to understand that waiting does not mean sitting back and doing nothing. The waiting that is described is one of perseverance and expectancy. The psalmist is saying that he has been hanging in there trusting that God would act on his behalf.
As we continue to read, we learn that God has not let the psalmist down. God has acted and rescued. He has drawn him from the pit, placed him on the rock, and given him a new song of praise. Now, the psalmist wants to tell everyone about his great God!
Persevering faith is something we all need. This world is full of difficulty, pain, and sorrow. God has promised through his word that he will always be with us and that one day he will remove the pain and suffering from this world, but until then we wait patiently for the Lord to fulfill his promises. We wait expectantly, knowing that God’s promises will be fulfilled according to his timing. In that day, we will join with all of God’s people in singing a new song of praise to him!
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