Psalm 40:1-3 - Waiting On God Brings Blessings.

Psalm 40:1-3 - Waiting On God Brings Blessings.

Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV) 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.  

While experiencing trials at the hands of his enemies, David 
asked God for help, but the answer did not come immediately. He 
waited--and then God worked! What a change took place: David went from a pit 
to a highway, from miry clay to a rock, and from crying to singing! 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe re vv. 1-3] 

Waiting for God to help us is not easy, but David received four 
benefits from waiting: (1) God lifted him out of his despair, (2) God set 
his feet on solid ground, (3) God steadied him as he walked, and (4) 
God put a new song of praise in his mouth. Often blessings cannot be 
received unless we go through the trial of waiting. [Life Application SB 
re vv. 1-3] 

   The more we are acquainted with the way a deer functions in 
its natural habitat, the more clearly we can see the spiritual 
lessons that God wants us to learn. While the male deer, the hart, is a 
wonderful example of sure-footedness, still more wonderful is the female, 
the hind. Those who have watched it leading its young into the 
hidden fastnesses of the mountain peaks say it is the most perfect 
example of physical coordination that God ever made.  
   Why is this physical coordination so important? 
   When a deer moves upwards over a steep mountain slope, it 
proceeds by leaping from one spot to another. So it needs to be certain 
that its back feet will land on something solid. By positioning its 
front feet on something secure, it instinctively knows that if its 
rear feet land there also, it will proceed upwards in safety. If this 
were not so, and the deer's back feet were to land on a loose rock, 
then it would slip and meet with serious injury - perhaps even death. 
This sense of perfect coordination is not something the deer learns; 
it is an instinctive ability given to it by its Creator.  
   And what God has done for the deer in the natural realm, He 
is able to do for us in the spiritual realm. Listen to the words of 
the psalmist: "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer" (Ps 18:33). 
Note the word "makes." I find that deeply encouraging. It is not 
something I have to achieve on my own; He has a part in it too. And, may I 
add - the biggest part.  
   O Father, help me understand that although You have the 
biggest part in making my feet like hind's feet, it cannot be 
accomplished unless I, too, do my part. Thus I willing surrender to Your 
divine purposes. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus 
Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re Psa. 40:2] 


   I began playing the organ at church at age twelve and thought 
church attendance and "working for God" would earn me God's love and 
serve as my entry into God's Kingdom. Desperate for accolades and 
praise, I dedicated myself totally to my work as a church musician. But 
at age thirty-six, I found myself in total physical, mental, and 
spiritual collapse. Confused--even to the point of contemplating suicide--I 
asked God why he no longer needed my help. As I hit bottom, a woman 
asked me to read Psalm 40. She told me to write "Lord, help me" beside 
the psalm and wait on God. It took months, but God did help me. 
   Years later, at age sixty-seven, I am reminded daily that God 
heard my cry. I now understand that my life is not a quest for 
personal accolades but a journey of obedience. God doesn't need me to 
work for him. He just desires my faithfulness. He has truly put a new 
song in my mouth--and many have seen what he has done. 
   Are you "working for God" or are you letting God "work in 
you"? Cry out to God. He hears you. Stand on Jesus the Christ, the 
Rock, and let him lift you out of that "pit of despair." Put your 
trust in him alone, and he will give you, too, a new song. 
   Shirley Lindsay, a speaker, is also a sixty-seven-year-old(!) 
student at Denver Seminary, studying for her MA in Counseling Ministry 
and Chaplaincy. [The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional re vv. 

   I noticed these verses from Psalm 40 shortly after my first 
book--a testimony of God's grace in a difficult marriage--came into 
print. Although I'd read them previously, this time, it was suddenly 
like looking in a mirror. I had fallen prey to self-pity (funny how 
part of that word is pit) when my youth-pastor husband turned 
   Working through grief over the loss of our spiritual oneness, 
I succumbed to disappointment, despair, and defeat. But God gently 
began teaching me rock-solid truths that defied the lies around me. As 
he redeemed my mind from destructive and sinful thinking, I 
experienced the power of his invincible hope. 
   In fact, I now teach others the fastest way out of the pit of 
despair: climbing the ladder of praise, rung by rung, praising God for 
his blessings. And yes, many have seen and been amazed by the power 
of God at work in me and my husband, who allows me to share our 
story and my faith even though he still rejects the Savior. Those who 
hear how God set my feet back on solid ground respond by also 
trusting the One who is faithful to change us--even when our situations 
   I'm counting on many more years of proving these verses true 
in my walk with the Lord. 
   Nancy Sebastian Meyer, a speaker, Bible teacher, musician, 
and the author of Beyond Expectations, Spiritually Single Moms, and 
Talk Easy, Listen Hard, is the founder of hope4hearts. [The One Year 
Bible Live Verse Devotional re v. 2, 3] 

   Helmut Thielicke preached in Stuttgart, Germany, during World 
War II. Under regular bombardment from Allied aircraft, fires swept 
through the city, killing thousands of people and destroying or damaging 
tens of thousands of buildings, including many churches. The people 
lived with the knowledge--and fear--that bombs could fall again at any 
time. "Here we are gathered in a ruin," Thielicke told his listeners, 
"and here I am standing in my old army boots, because I no longer 
possess proper clothes." 
   He admitted that, like everyone else, he at times felt 
utterly stricken, his ministry in pieces amid all the churches in rubble 
and ashes. Yet he proclaimed, "The greatest mysteries of God are 
always enacted in the depths. God's rule grows mighty in the midst of 
   His listeners had lost sons in distant battles. In the 
bombings, loved ones died beside them. Their livelihoods and possessions 
were gone, their fears constant. Yet, Thielicke said, "We learned 
more, and probably also experienced more, about the kingdom of God in 
the crash of air raids and the terrors of our cellars and 
underground shelters than in those peaceful and almost utopian times of 
comfort and well-being." 
   In our day, we may not experience all-out war, yet a sense of 
comfort and well-being often eludes us. We see on our media screens 
violence erupting all over the globe. We see terrorism's victims. The 
world seems unstable, and we try not to think about all the ways 
catastrophe could shatter our own town or city. 
   If the worst were to happen, how would we respond? What 
spiritual depths might we experience? Would we find faith and hope more 
necessary than even food and water? 
   In times of crisis, we are rushed to consider issues of 
eternity. The transitory and superficial fade. We call on the Father to 
rescue, comfort, and enable us not only to endure but also to sense his 
   Thielicke acknowledged what many of his congregation had 
recently experienced: "The person who has gone through nights of bombing 
with his hand in God's and has said to himself, when sirens were 
screaming and shaking, 'If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we 
die to the Lord,' that person has experienced the hand of God with a 
new reality he will never forget." 
   Lord, help me to live in your presence, even if the worst 
happens. Help me to deepen my trust in you. Lead me each day so that 
whatever comes, I will sense your presence. 
   He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and 
the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked 
along. Psalm 40:2 NLT [The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold 
Myra re. v. 2] 


   I am the Foundation and Focus of your life. I am a firm 
Foundation: one that will not be shaken. Before you knew Me as Savior, you 
had nothing to build your life upon. Every time you tried to create 
something meaningful, it would eventually collapse - like a house of 
cards. Without Me, everything is ultimately "Meaningless! Meaningless!" 
Ever since I became your Savior, you have been building on the Rock 
of My Presence. Some of the things you've worked on have flourished 
and others have not, but you always have a firm place to stand - on 
the foundation I've provided for you. 
   The key to steadiness in your life is to set Me always before 
you. When you make Me your Focus, you can walk steadily along your 
life-path. Many distractions will vie for your attention along the way, but 
I am the Guide who is continually before you. So keep looking 
ahead to Me. See Me beckoning you on - step by step by step - all the 
way to heaven. (Ecc. 1:2; 2Sa. 22:47; Psa. 40:2; 16:8) [Jesus Today 
by Sarah Young] 

   Self-pity is a slimy, bottomless pit. Once you fall in, you 
tend to go deeper and deeper into the mire. As you slide down those 
slippery walls, you are well on your way to depression, and the darkness 
is profound.  
   Your only hope is to look up and see the Light of My Presence 
shining down on you. Though the Light looks dim from your perspective, 
deep in the pit, those rays of hope can reach you at any depth. While 
you focus on Me in trust, you rise ever so slowly out of the abyss 
of despair. Finally, you can reach up and grasp My hand. I will 
pull you out into the Light again. I will gently cleanse you, washing 
off the clinging mire. I will cover you with My righteousness and 
walk with you down the path of Life. (Psa. 40:2, 3; 42:5; 147:11) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Trust Me in every detail of your life. Nothing is random in 
My kingdom. Everything that happens fits into a pattern for good, 
to those who love Me. Instead of trying to analyze the intricacies 
of the pattern, focus your energy on trusting Me and thanking Me at 
all times. Nothing is wasted when you walk close to Me. Even your 
mistakes and sins can be recycled into something good, through My 
transforming grace.  
   While you were still living in darkness, I began to shine the 
Light of My Presence into your sin-stained life. Finally, I lifted you 
up out of the mire into My marvelous Light. Having sacrificed My 
very Life for you, I can be trusted in every facet of your life. 
(Jer. 17:7; Rom. 8:28; Psa 40:2; 1 Pet. 2:9) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 


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