Psalms 40:1-2 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Do not subscribe to the “everything now” mentality. Not only does it rob you of God’s favour, but it will lead you to solutions that create more harm than good.
We are not sure the exact circumstance that David was faced with In Psalms 40, but he described it as a horrible pit. He might have been alluding to the years that he spent in the wilderness fleeing from Saul, although he was anointed as King. In this particular instance, David had numerous opportunities to kill Saul and promote himself to the throne, but if he had taken that approach, he would have displeased God and created a reproach against his kingdom. The response he chose to his wilderness situation was to wait patiently on the Lord. He said In Psalms 40:1-2 “I waited patiently for the Lord”. To wait patiently for the Lord is to look with expectation for His way out. How many times have you opted for your way out? The secret to David’s success was to wait for God’s way out. Our way out has always proven to be a failure.
There were 3 benefits that David identified that came with choosing to wait for God’s way out. The first was that “He inclined to me”, which means that the favour of God was turned towards him. Waiting patiently for God is an open invitation for God’s favour. The second benefit is “answered prayers”, David recounted that God heard his cry. A precondition for answered prayers is finding favour with God; that is why obedience is so important. The third benefit of waiting patiently on the Lord is experiencing a 360 degree turn around in your circumstance. David’s account of his change of circumstance was that God took him out of a horrible pit…and set his feet upon a rock, and established his goings.” Even though it might take longer than you want, holding out for God’s way out will bring the change that you really need.
Life Application: Don’t run at every solution to present itself, look with expectation for God’s way out.
Prayer: Lord, help me to wait for your directions instead of doing things my way. In Jesus name, amen.