The Psalms

Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying!

Do you ever wake up singing?  I cherish the mornings that I wake up singing praise songs to Jesus.  I can’t think of a better way to start my day than to be humming or singing about my Savior, my greatest love, and my best friend!  I love when the song I wake up singing sticks in my head all day and reminds me of my love for Jesus and His love for me.  Sometimes we all need a reminder of how much we are loved.  Some days are so tough that we need to speak the name of Jesus out loud just to get the strength to take another step.  I love that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!!!  (Phil 2:10-11)  He is Lord, and what a privilege it is to serve Him, to find our strength in Him, and to walk through life hand in hand with our Savior!    What a comfort it is to know that He isn’t there just on the good days, but He is faithful to see us through the difficult days, too.  Let’s read the first five verses of Psalm 40 and be encouraged by these words about our Lord!

 

1     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.

4     Blessed is the man

who makes the Lord his trust,

who does not look to the proud,

to those who turn aside to false gods.

5     Many, O Lord my God,

are the wonders you have done.

The things you planned for us

no one can recount to you;

were I to speak and tell of them,

they would be too many to declare.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ps 40:1-5

 

This Psalm has such a raw progression that it is extremely relatable.  We can all recall a time when we had to be patient.  A time when life didn’t go our way, and we had to wait for God to show up.  Some of us are there today: waiting, hoping, trusting.  During this trusting time we feel like we are stuck in a huge pit of mud and mire knowing Jesus is our only hope!  Some of us have just been lifted out of this pit and are getting our feet settled on the Rock of our Salvation!  Some of us are singing a new song of praise to our God! 

I love that the Psalmist reminds us that our trials and our reactions to our trials can affect not only our lives but the lives of others around us.  The Psalmist explains that as we cling to the hope of our Savior saving us, others will see what God has done and is doing in our lives and will trust Him.  Wow!  Your trial, your time of waiting patiently could be what it takes for someone else to see the faithfulness of our God!  Your life could be what God uses to draw someone into His arms!  Isn’t that encouraging! 

It can be encouraging to step back and see the big picture, but that doesn’t immediately stop the hurt and pain that we are experiencing today.  When I am hurting I can often turn to a temporary “fix” to try to ease the pain.  But verse four exhorts us trust in the Lord, “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust.”  David goes on to encourage us not to take our eyes off of the Lord.  Don’t look to other people who are proud and who trust in false gods. Rather trust in the Lord because God has proven Himself faithful!  David continues:

 

5     Many, O Lord my God,

are the wonders you have done.

The things you planned for us

no one can recount to you;

were I to speak and tell of them,

they would be too many to declare.

 

God is faithful!  And His works are wonderful…they are full of wonder!  Do you need to cling to the hope today that God can do something wonderful with your mess?  Dear Friend, not only has He been faithful in the past, but the Psalmist says we can’t even begin to count the amazing things He has planned for our futures.  He says if we tried to speak them “they would be too many to declare.”  Can anybody get excited about that?  Too many to declare!!!!!!  He has more great things in store for your life than you can even count.  Don’t give up hope.  Continue to wait.  Continue to hope.  Continue to trust.  He has great things planned for your life!  Many are the wonders He has done, and many are the wonders He has yet to do!  Hold on!  Hold on with both hands and all your strength!  He is coming to pull you out of your pit!  Praise the Lord! 

Today as you reflect on the words of Psalm 40, Take a few minutes to reflect on God’s faithfulness in your life.  You may want to grab a sheet of paper and a pen, and begin to list all the ways God has been faithful in your life in the past.  As you praise Him for His faithfulness in the past, I pray He gives you the strength and the courage to continue trusting Him with your future.  Please feel free to use the comment section of this blog to share how God has been faithful in your life.  When you share of God’s faithfulness to you, God can use that story to bring hope to others.  So let’s share of the faithfulness of our Father. 

 

Father,

Thank you that you are faithful.  We praise you for what you have done in our lives thus far, and we are excited to know that you have great things planned for our futures.  Lord, I pray that today we would place our trust in You and You alone.  God, I pray we won’t turn to the wisdom of proud men for advice, but that we would hold on to the hope that comes in Christ alone.  Lord, we look forward to the day that we are singing a new song of hope and of joy and telling of the wonders of Your love!  We are excited to see how You use our stories to bring others into a relationship with you.  Praise you Father for Your faithfulness and for the hope You alone can give.  We love you!

Amen.

Wife, Mother and encourager of women. My passion is helping women discover their identity, significance and purpose Jesus Christ!

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