June 9, 2021

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.

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! 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. (Psalm 40:1-5)

Ever wake up feeling like you are in the pits? We do not necessarily know what pit David was in (v. 2); it could have been sickness, slander, or sin. We know, though, that he cried out to the Lord and the Lord replaced David’s sighting with singing as (v. 3) says, “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.” God will do that for you too.

You may be contemplating this question, “how can a person sing when the circumstances of life feel like they are in the pits?” David did because the Lord listened to his cry. Friends, saying a quick prayer and moving on is not the same as crying out to our Lord. The cry of children moves a loving father. Our heavenly Father likewise pays special attention and inclines His ear (v. 1) says when a child of His cries out in desperation to Him.

That kind of praying requires humility and patience. Because of David’s patience and passion, God listened to his cry and lifted David “out of the miry bog” (v. 2) says. Have you ever tried climbing a clay hill after it rained? Your feet kept slipping out from under you; every two steps forward, you slipped back one? Great news! The same God Who hears your cry will also help you to get your footing on solid ground.

Friends, take your eyes off your difficult situation and focus on Jesus. Be determined to do His work, declare to others His Word, and delight to do His Will. When you do, the Lord will place music in your heart and song in your mouth. As God rescued Joseph from his pit, He will save you out of yours. Would you Pray with me?

Heavenly Father, you are my strength and my song. You are worthy of all my praise, no matter what my circumstances are. When I look to Jesus’ death and resurrection, I see the most significant victory that has already been won on my behalf. I pray that I would find confidence in that victory and that I would live my life in the light of your love, whatever may be happening around me. Please help me, Father. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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