Patiently Waiting on the Lord
January 15, 2011 § 1 Comment
When the writer of Psalm 40 was in a “slimy pit” (40:2), he did not quietly resign to his fate. He was fully confident that God would come to the rescue by “waiting patiently for the Lord” (40:1). The Hebrew word translated with “patiently waiting” is not so passive as the word “patiently” might suggest. “Patiently” reflects more the idea of “hopeful anticipation” or even “anxious waiting.” Therefore, someone suggested that it should read “actively, anxiously awaiting, with every fiber of the being” for the Lord. The rest of the Psalm makes it clear that God does not lift us out of the deep holes of life because of our pious acts (40:6), but because we put our trust in Him. “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust” (40:4). The word “trust” derived from a Hebrew word that means “to feel secure, be unconcerned, to totally rely on another.” When we put our trust in God, it does not mean that we are immune to the traumas of life. It does mean, however, that our trust in God enables us to see beyond the traumas to a new vision of a faithful God that will rescue and do new things again. That is what “put a new song in my mouth” (40:3). Are you in a situation right now where you have to learn how to trust God by patiently waiting on Him?