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Wait Patiently On the Lord

Scripture:  Psalm 40: 1-3, 9-12

1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 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.

3 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.

9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips,
as you know, O LORD.

10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.

12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me. (NIV)

It is 6:00 am, Saturday morning, and I have been up almost 2 hours.  Because of a night of regrets, the first thing that was on my mind was God and forgiveness.  I struggle with forgiving myself for the same exact stumbling blocks that always seem to trip me up.  And the more I stumble, the harder it is for me to ask for forgiveness.  Not because I have accepted my wrong doings as the “norm”, but because it is one more time I have to come to God…broken and in shame.  Yet do you know the root cause of my stumbling, for not all, but some of my struggles?  It is patience or the lack there of.

In the very first verse, David addressed what many struggle with, the ability to wait on the Lord.  So many times, we step outside of His will, only to find ourselves in a “slimy pit” (v. 2) or on a slippery slope.  Doing what we said we wouldn’t do or doing what we thought was best, because we lacked the patience to wait on God to perform His will.  But what is interesting about this Psalm, is that it starts off with David acknowledging how God turned to him and heard his cry.  David begins this psalm in reflection.  He doesn’t state how long he waited, but instead addresses how God acknowledged his cry/prayers.  Through the process of waiting, God blessed David and all those around him.  In verses 7 and 8, David had begun to understand what it meant to operate in God’s will.  To want what God wanted for his life, because he was aware that it was greater than even he, King David, could imagine.  But it is verse 9 and 10, where we come to understand the point of waiting.  From wherever David had come, he was a better person because God made him wait.  David proclaimed the goodness of God because of waiting.  David was able to speak on the faithfulness of God (which is astounding-we often think about our faith, but do you realize GOD IS FAITHFUL TO YOU?????), because God had sustained him during those hard times.  David was able to tell others, bear witness because He waited on God.  He was able to do all of that because, he waited.  How many blessings are we missing, because we don’t know how to wait?  Also, God does not bless us solely because of “us”; He blesses us so that we may in turn bless others.  So, no, you may not receive that promotion, when you want it.  You may not get to go on the trip you planned.  You may not be able to do or receive….  But trust God, through the process.  Believe He has heard your cries, listened to your prayers, and felt the groaning of your spirit.  As He is perfecting you in His will, understand there is a blessing for you and for others, in simply waiting.

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