Tuesday 4 June, 2013

Psalm 40

1 I was patient while I waited for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry for help. 2 I was sliding down into the pit of death, and he pulled me out. He brought me up out of the mud and dirt. He set my feet on a rock. He gave me a firm place to stand on. 3 He gave me a new song to sing. It is a hymn of praise to our God. Many people will see what he has done and will worship him. They will put their trust in the Lord. 4 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. He doesn’t look to proud people for help. He doesn’t turn away to worship statues of gods. 5 Lord my God, no one can compare with you. You have done many miracles. And you plan to do many more for us. There are too many of them for me to talk about. 6 You didn’t want sacrifices and offerings. You weren’t pleased with burnt offerings and sin offerings. You gave me ears to hear you and obey you. 7 Then I said, “Here I am. It is written about me in the scroll. 8 My God, I have come to do what you want. Your law is in my heart.” 9 I have told the whole community of those who worship you that what you do is right. Lord, you know that I haven’t kept quiet. 10 I haven’t kept to myself that what you did for me was right. I have spoken about how faithful you were when you saved me. I haven’t hidden your love and truth from the whole community. 11 Lord, don’t hold back your mercy from me. May your love and truth always keep me safe. 12 There are more troubles all around me than I can count. My sins have caught up with me, and I can’t see any longer. My sins are more than the hairs of my head. I have lost all hope. 13 Lord, please save me. Lord, come quickly to help me. 14 Let all those who are trying to kill me be put to shame. Let them not be honored. Let all those who want to destroy me be turned back in shame. 15 Some people make fun of me. Let them be shocked when their plans fail. 16 But let all those who look to you be joyful and glad because of what you have done. Let those who love you because you save them always say, “May the Lord be honored!” 17 But I am poor and needy. May the Lord be concerned about me. You are the One who helps me and saves me. My God, please don’t wait any longer.

Waiting is not easy, because it always comes with patience and faith.

David was a person who had been saved by God many many times. He knew God lifted him out of the mud, out of enemies, set his feet on a rock, and put a new song in his mouth. God had done many wonders and they would be too many to declare. So, he knew he had to wait for God patiently, but, in the end of his psalm, he asked God “DO NOT DELAY”.

How many times have I lost the patience after praying to God to lift me out of the down-times, or approved my desire to see someone healed, or make my ministry or business have great success. Sometimes, I even thought maybe “sacrifice or offering can make my prayers happen quicker, and can push God hear my prayer.

Oh Lord, how great you are. You are never slow in keeping your word. You have heard each of my prayers. You always wait in mercy for me. Please refresh my spirit and my mind to remember that it is NOT I waiting for you, but YOU waiting for me. Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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