From Patience to Praise

Psalm 40:1-3 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Like David, we often find ourselves in a “horrible pit”.  Sometimes it is a pit that we have dug ourselves.  Other times, the pit is dug for us and we’re pushed in!  Regardless, it is a terrible feeling to be stuck and unable to get out of the “holes” we find ourselves in.  They come in all sizes and depths.  They can be financial pits or emotional pits or relationship pits.  Whatever the problem, when we get to that point where we feel most helpless and weak, it is then that we are most dependent upon God–and we pray and wait.

Patience is a virtue.  It is one of the fruits of the spirit.  And it is something that many of us find most difficult.  After all, since God is, well, God, can’t He just fix my problems right now?  The short answer is “Yes.”  However, God knows better than us and His timing is perfect.  He wants us to trust Him and be patient.  When we do this, we can expect what David experienced.

When God acts, it is at the right time and it is decisive.  David is taken from his “pit” and set on a “rock”.  David’s response is songs of praise to God.  But the story doesn’t end there.  Others see it and their faith is strengthened.  When we trust God and prayerfully wait on Him, it not only benefits us, but others around us.