As You Wait – Psalm 40:1-3

“I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
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.
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.”

Psalm 40:1-3

This is what our God does. It is why the prophet Isaiah declared, “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).

Our God acts for us. He hears us when we cry out to Him, reaches to draw us out of darkness, and sets our feet on solid ground, securing our steps.

As we wait for Him – to move, to answer, to show Himself strong for us – let us do so without fear. Without doubt. Without a contingency plan in case He doesn’t show up. May our hearts be more focused on who our God is than on what our problems are.

Because He is faithful. He is for you. He hears you. And He is already acting on your behalf, even if you can’t see it. He will draw you out of whatever dark valley, miry bog, or pit of destruction you find yourself in. Even more amazing – He will use it to bring Himself great glory and to bring you deeper joy.

It is through these difficulties and the never-failing faithfulness of the God who greatly loves us that we are given a new song to sing. A new song of praise to our God. Because He has shown Himself to be a fortress for us. He has surrounded us with shouts of deliverance as He broke our chains. He has become our salvation, our hope, our peace, and our keeper. We have found Him faithful – not in a mere general sense, but in a very personal way to us. His Word has proven to be true.

Our song is meant to be sung, His faithfulness declared to all around us. God has given us our story to be a unique telling of His greatness, mercy and love, that many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. That they will also know abiding joy, hope, deliverance, and salvation. Our God is writing a beautiful story with your life. As you wait for Him, know that He is for you and He will not fail.

“Walk about Zion, go around her,
number her towers,
consider well her ramparts,
go through her citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
that this is God,
our God forever and ever,
He will guide us forever.”
Psalm 48:12-14

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