Day Four

Psalm 40:1-17

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;

he inclined to me and heard my cry. 

2 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. 

3 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. 

4 Blessed is the man who makes

the Lord his trust,

who does not turn to the proud,

to those who go astray after a lie! 

5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,

your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;

none can compare with you!

I will proclaim and tell of them,

yet they are more than can be told. 

6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,

but you have given me an open ear.

Burnt offering and sin offering

you have not required.

8 I delight to do your will, O my God;

your law is within my heart.” 

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance

in the great congregation;

behold, I have not restrained my lips,

as you know, O Lord. 

10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;

I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness

from the great congregation. 

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain

your mercy from me;

your steadfast love and your faithfulness will

ever preserve me! 

12 For evils have encompassed me

beyond number;

my iniquities have overtaken me,

and I cannot see;

they are more than the hairs of my head;

my heart fails me. 

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!

O Lord, make haste to help me! 

14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether

who seek to snatch away my life;

let those be turned back and brought to dishonor

who delight in my hurt! 

15 Let those be appalled because of their shame

who say to me, “Aha, Aha!” 

16 But may all who seek you

rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who love your salvation

say continually, “Great is the Lord!” 

17 As for me, I am poor and needy,

but the Lord takes thought for me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

do not delay, O my God!

I don’t know why, but sometimes, a lot of the times, maybe even most times, He is the last place I turn to for help, guidance, and even love. Maybe you relate? I am always trying to ‘fix’ things myself. Using my own resources. So I love this Psalm today because it reiterates the truth that I can turn to Him for anything. Not only that, but that He will listen to me and deliver me from whatever troubles I have. All I have to do is shift my focus on Him. Call out to Him. And place Him above everything else. Even myself. Because just as the psalmist says, “Great is the Lord!” As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. As I was reading this psalm, the first verse struck me. It’s one of my favorites. But the more I think about it, it’s not really me waiting patiently, most of the time. I think it’s Him waiting patiently for me to call out to Him. What an amazing God we serve that He desires us to call out to Him! 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for not only waiting patiently for me to call out to you, but for always being there when I do. Despite my circumstances. Lord, you are so good. Lord, help me to remember your goodness, especially during my hardships. And remind me that I am nothing without you. Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me come to you first. Lord, change my heart. Amen.

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