I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40: 1-3
One woman waited for the Lord to heal her of her constant pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The word “patient” in the Psalm means “intent.” This woman was intent. She tried diets, medications, herbs and supplements, exercise, and any cure that came into her path. She only got worse. There were no manmade cures left for her. There was only God.
That’s when God worked, when I finally turned my body and pain over to Him, when I cast my cares upon Him. That’s when God lifted me out of the pit of destruction and set me on the rock.
He set me on the rock for a purpose:
- To make my footsteps firm (established, restored). He made me ready to walk, to take action. I had work to do.
- To praise Him. I did not work to create this praise. God put the new song in my mouth to praise Him. All His work, but I was to open my mouth and let the praise exalt my God.
- To be a light to others. Others saw the miraculous restoration of my health and heard of God’s work from the new song of praise that God had put in my mouth. Some feared (reverenced, honored) Him and turned their trust to Him.
How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood. Psalm 40:4
This waiting on the Lord resulted in the Lord’s healing and work in me. As I wait on Him to accomplish His works, others will trust in Him and be blessed.
What are you waiting on from the Lord?
My prayer for you:
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count. Psalm 40:5
May you truly wait intently for the Lord to work in you and then open your mouth after He puts a new song in your mouth and proclaim His mighty works. May you bless God and others widely.