Welcome to the first of our series of 6 devotions leading up to the Symphony of Prayer we’ve called simply Breakthrough. Our prelude to this symphony is Patience in the waiting and we start with Psalm 40: 1-3
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.”
Psalms 40:1-3 NLT
Watch any group of people waiting for something, a bus, a train, a customer service representative whatever and wherever it is, you’ll see everything from those that calmly and patiently wait knowing their turn will come, to those stand with aggressively cross arms, tutting and groaning, trying to hurry things along. It can seem that our answers to prayer are long time coming, that somehow our prayers are going straight up to a closed heaven, it’s at this point we get to make the choice of how we will wait, will we wait patiently, or wait in frustration. Its easy feel that to wait patiently for God is a passive thing but in reality to wait patiently is to wait securely, with expectation, with faith and with trust. When we allow frustration to overtake the waiting we have a tendency to try to help God out, but in doing so, we can miss or at very least delay God’s best for us. The Passion Translation of this verse gives us a deeper insight.
“I waited and waited and waited some more, patiently, knowing God would come through for me. Then, at last, he bent down and listened to my cry. He stooped down to lift me out of danger from the desolate pit I was in, out of the muddy mess I had fallen into. Now he’s lifted me up into a firm, secure place and steadied me while I walk along his ascending path. A new song for a new day rises up in me every time I think about how he breaks through for me! Ecstatic praise pours out of my mouth until everyone hears how God has set me free. Many will see his miracles; they’ll stand in awe of God and fall in love with him!”
Psalms 40:1-3 TPT
This Psalm is written as a testimony of one who waited on God and God did not disappoint. We must guard against our waiting becoming frustration. Might I suggest that as we wait on God for an answer in our situations, our posture is not crossed arms and a crossed spirit, but a stance of knees to the ground, heart and hands to heaven and song of praise on the lips, secure in the knowledge that God will come through for us.
Our song for today is Martin Smith’s “Waiting here for You”, follow the link below to listen. As you listen allow your trust in God to be renewed as you wait on Him
YouTube: Martin Smith, Waiting here for You. https://youtu.be/-8d80ok40TQ