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. 4 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. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:1-5
We all have been there; we know how it feels to be stuck in a certain situations. Sometimes it is of our own making; other times it is because of circumstances beyond our control. Either way it’s not fun finding yourself in a “slimy pit.” The good news is that God is able to get us of there. God is our help. He is able to turn our lives around and establish us on a “rock” (verse 2)
In times of crisis, it seems as if God is not present, or not paying attention to whatever is going on in our lives. It feels as if we have been all left alone and we are at the mercy of the harsh circumstances around us. We are highly susceptible to turning to other things for help even to “look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods” (verse 4). But the Psalmist says that he “waited patiently for the LORD” (verse 1). It’s been said that God is never too early or too late; he is always on time. The key thing here is to wait patiently. God does not work according to our timelines and schedules. We need to realign our concerns, plans, fears and everything else to his counsel. We need to trust that he cares enough to deliver us—his way.
If you are reading this devotional and you in a state of despair, my prayer for you is that God will bring you the deliverance that you need. I pray that God will establish you on a firm ground. I pray that God will “put a new song in [your] mouth” (verse 3)