Monday, November 30, 2015
Background: Psalm 40:1-5
Focal: Psalm 40:1-3
We are a culture of instant gratification. Look at the money spent on advertising for Black Friday. We are being told how we need the newest, latest, and greatest things to be somebody or to feel good about ourselves. Instant world…emails, Facebook, twitter, even Instagram. Many of these gadgets have in some ways made life easier or busier but they may only serve to distract from deeper longings.
The Psalmist reminds us to ‘wait patiently on the Lord, and he inclined to me and heard my cry.’ In hearing, God acted. Acting to bring up from the pit of destruction and from that which is bogging down, and placed then on solid, sure footing.
God’s movement in our lives changes us. It demonstrates that we should wait for God to move (lead) and we follow. The change too is in our words. He hears our cries, but doesn’t leave us there. Instead, ‘he put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God.’
The circumstances we may find ourselves in may have left us with only one option but to cry out. We may be in a pit or bogged down with life, but God hears, knows, and is at work. The very thing that caused us pain or struggle may have been a place where we see God at work in the world and our world. It is our ‘new song of praise’ that will be the reason many will see and trust in the Lord. Be patient God is only a prayer away.