Friday, July 28 | Waiting Patiently for the Lord
Read Psalm 40:1–3
I waited patiently for the Lord;
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 the Lord
and put their trust in him.
We all face situations that we seem to be unable to find our way out of, whether through perseverance or discipline or hard work. And many of us have found (or will find) ourselves in the midst of circumstances we simply cannot navigate on our own. There is no discernable way out, no clear path. We are stuck, and no amount of work on our part can set us free. This is certainly true in the most ultimate sense—when it comes to our salvation, we cannot save ourselves from death; we are utterly reliant upon Jesus Christ to save us. But it is also true in the less-eternal sense. It could be illness or a loss of some kind. It could be a sin pattern or addiction. It could be something we have ourselves caused or something someone else has foisted upon us. Today’s passage is an expression of relief, joy, and praise that we follow and serve a God who can save us in the eternal and non-eternal ways. Our job is simple, but not easy: trust and wait patiently.
- Reflect on a time when you were in the midst of a situation you could not find your way out of on your own. What were the circumstances? What was the outcome? After reflecting on those things, try praying Psalm 40 to God based on your own experience.
- If you are in the midst of circumstances now that you can’t navigate your wait out of, spend a few minutes reflecting on what trusting God would look like in those circumstances. Similarly, what would waiting patiently on God’s help look like?
If God has brought you through something recently, pray Psalm 40 as your prayer.
If you are in the midst of a struggle now and can’t find your way out, pray:
God, I need Your help. Here I am, my heart and hands are open. Help me. I am here and cannot find my way out. Show me how to trust You, how to turn this over to You and wait for Your deliverance. Bring me through this and set my feet on firm ground. Fill me with gratitude and patience that You, the Creator of all things, would see me and intervene in my life. Here I am, Lord. Help me. Amen.
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