Ps 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.
Think back to the last time you waited on God to answer a prayer. Was the expectation of the answer joyous or were you pacing as you patiently endured or oblivious to the whole thing. We all wait differently, but we must wait for God’s will in our lives.
David resisted the temptation to complain, grow angry, or give up while waiting. Sometimes impatience and bitterness rears its ugly head but don’t be fooled. Use the time to call a friend, spend more time with a parent, or a loved one. I find reaching out to others helps my time of waiting become more satisfying.
After a long time of David waiting on the Lord, it finally paid off. God did exactly what he promised. David received four benefits. God lifted David out of despair, set his feet on solid ground, steadied him as he walked and put a song of praise in his mouth. Even with all these blessings, David knew that the ultimate benefit was that “many will see… and be amazed…they will put their trust in the Lord.”
How you wait is your decision. Why not trust the Lord and enjoy the wait with a faith-filled heart?