Psalm 40:1 ~ Waiting Patiently

Psalm 40:1

I waited patiently for the Lord;

He inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1

Psalm 40 is a favorite of mine because it depicts David in the same place many of us end up in from time to time: in despair. A few years ago I was in that pit and I stumbled upon Chapter 40 in Psalms, (I know it was no accident but a divine appointment).  It’s a Psalm that brought enormous relief and such spiritual encouragement to me, and it helped me learn the value of waiting patiently.

In particular, verse 1-3 became special reminders of a darker time I experienced.

Let’s look at those three verses:

I waited patiently for the Lord;
and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction,
out of the miry clay;
And he set my feet upon a rock,
making my footsteps firm.
And he put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.

Psalm 40:1-3

I love the way David uses the analogy of a pit of destruction and  wonder if  you’re there right now? Are you aching with sorrow, anxiety or sorrow? Are you waiting patiently, crying out to your Father? There is hope for you becasue God will act on your behalf:

♥ God listened to David

♥ God brought David out of the pit

♥ God placed David’s feet on solid ground

♥ God have David a new song to sing: a prasie song!

John Piper shares his insights from In The Pits With A King:

It is a beautiful thing when a broken man genuinely cries out to God. Not like the jock who gets a cramp while swimming but struggles to get to shore unassisted lest he appear to be weak, but like the little child who wanders too far out in the turf and starts to get taken by the undertow and cries out immediately, “Daddy! Daddy!” God loves to answer childlike prayers.

Prayer alone


Lord, patience isn’t always easy for me, but I’m learning from you that it’s the best way to live,  So I place my life in your hands and will trust you to lead me where I should be. Thank you for hearing my cry.


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