This morning as we read Psalms and Proverbs as a family, we began with Psalm 40. Here is the first verse:
Psa. 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
So, three words into the reading for the morning, I’ve already encountered two words, two concepts, I struggle with.
waiting. n. The action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or until something else happens.
patiently. adv. The action of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive.
Notice how David doesn’t talk about one or the other. Oh no, that would be too easy wouldn’t it!? He slams both of them together.
Picture this. I’ve just started reading, and while my mind is processing how little I like waiting and how much I struggle with patience, my lips have continued on in the Psalm, reading aloud for our family. Once my mind has time to catch up with what I’m saying, it dawns on me that David is describing the fruit of waiting, and the benefits of patience. There are reasons for these things. There are good places David has been taken because of them.
So I now leave you to consider the wonder of waiting and pleasures of patience:
Psalm 40:2 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. 3 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. Psa. 40:4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. 5 O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. Psa. 40:6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand— you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. 7 Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: 8 I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” Psa. 40:9 I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O LORD, well know. 10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. Psa. 40:11 LORD, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.