He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.
Blessed is the man
who makes the Lord his trust,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.”
– (Psalm 40:1-4)
Waiting is never fun nor easy, however, it often is a season that God uses to grow greater, the depth of our dependence on Him. In Psalm 40, verses one through four, David is speaking of the benefits that he has found in waiting on the Lord.
First, God lifted him out of his space of despair. He could not accomplish this on his own, rather it happened only after he had called on the Lord and cried out for His help.
Next, the Lord set his feet upon a rock and gave him a firm place to stand. God took David’s space of instability, and created a firm foundation that would not be moved. Again, such solutions are not man-made, but rather received through our Redeemer.
Finally, David says that “He put a new song in my mouth”. Where sorrow had once dwelled, songs of praise were now rising up. God alone can turn our mourning into dancing, and our sorrow into joy. As we place our trust in Him alone, He is our Refuge and our Redeemer, and well worth the wait.
for He hears our cries;
trust that He’s good,
allow faith to rise.
our troubles or strife;
He can rescue,
grant hope and new life.
He’ll make firm to stand;
He’s rock solid,
our life’s in His hands.
Where sorrow dwells,
new songs will rise up;
as we trust Him,
He will fill our cup.
Look nowhere else,
trust in Him alone;
give God the reigns,
our Foundation Stone.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we wait on You, You hear our cries, and You further develop our character and grow us closer to You. Thank You that Your timing is not our timing, and that Your ways are far higher than our ways. Forgive us for our impatience or for seeking solutions anywhere other than from You. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may understand, even in the mire, You are moving mightily. Lead us to love as You love us, and help us to sing out the songs that rise up. May our life be lived as a song of praise unto You, and may many come to know who You are, and place too, their trust in You. Be glorified through how we live out our days. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.
– Acts 2:28