Psalm 40:1–3: “I waited patiently for the LORD; / And He inclined to me, / And heard my cry. / He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, / Out of the miry clay, / And set my feet upon a rock, / And established my steps. / He has put a new song in my mouth— / Praise to our God; / Many will see it and fear, / And will trust in the LORD.”

August 13th, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional

In this psalm, David recalled a hopeless, helpless situation he had fallen into, and how he waited on the Lord. He then described how God leaned over, stooped down, and listened to his cry, as a father would to his young child. That God condescends to lower Himself, to stoop to listen to His children is one of the greatest wonders revealed in Scripture. Even though we are small and insignificant, the Creator of all chooses to dwell on and be concerned with us. President Abraham Lincoln said it this way:

That the Almighty does make use of human agencies and directly intervenes in human affairs, is one of the plainest statements of the Bible. I have had so many evidences of His direction, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above.

David described his situation as being in “a horrible pit,” a “miry clay.” He was lost, stuck, unable to rescue himself. Many people have experienced the very scary feeling of coming close to drowning. Often beach lifeguards pull people out of surf that the person could have stood up in, but they were so scared that they panicked. That loss of sense of direction is the picture David was painting here, but God came to his rescue and “set [his] feet upon a rock.” God’s grace took him from a place where he had no footing to a place of solid ground, where he could stand. Do you feel like you are drowning today, like you’ve fallen into a pit you can’t escape? Do you feel like you’ve lost your sense of direction? We must wait on the Lord and seek Him, two actions that work together when we are patiently trusting Him. Then we will experience His rescue, as He stoops over us and gives us solid footing once again.

“LORD, we wait on and seek for You this day.”