Sunday, January 6, 2013

In the pit - God delays - God answers - Then a song of praise

Psalm 40:1-4

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.
4 How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

In this Psalm David seems stuck in a desperate situation. He has prayed about the situation but did not get an immediate answer to prayer. This is clear since he stated that he "...waited patiently for the Lord" ( v.1)

But as David waited with patience God heard him and answered him (v.1). He brought him up from the situation he was stuck in and brought him out to a stable place (v.2)

God's answer was so good that David couldn't help but break forth in praise (v.3). In fact the answer was so wonderful that it blessed others too. Many that knew about David prayers being answered feared and put their trust in the Lord (v.3).

We too may need to be patient for answers when in a difficult situation. But God is able to bring us out and bring us to a stable place. His good answer can put praise in our mouth. And as God helps us it can minister to those around us too. 

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