I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.Psalm 40:1–3
Notice how David writes that he “waited patiently” for the Lord. If we read the next line, we realize that he waited patiently as he was drowning in the “miry bog.” As he fell into the pit of destruction, David cried out to the Lord and waited for him to reply in his timing and in his way. This shows the incredible faith of David. He knows that God will rescue him, so he drowns patiently.
Even better, David knows exactly why God rescued him: “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” The purpose of this divine rescue isn’t just the fact that David’s steps are now secure it’s that God gets all the praise and glory for the rescue. No one praises the drowning man for drowning, we praise the lifeguard for saving his life! The ultimate result of this incredible act of God is that “Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” When God is glorified for his work, people are drawn to him.
Do you have this mindset now? Whatever you are suffering, whatever you are enduring, are you waiting patiently for the Lord? Or have you started to waver? Be patient! He knows what he is doing. He has perfect timing. And he will rescue you from whatever you are going through in a way that brings him glory and brings you a greater appreciation of the sure hope you have in Jesus Christ. He will incline to you and hear your cry.
The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!