PSALM 40:1-3, a Psalm of David

“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 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”(Psalm 40:1-3).

Most of us, when in a terrible situation, eventually cry out to the Lord after we’ve exhausted our other possible sources of help. Not David. He cried out almost immediately to God for assistance. In faith, with patience, he waited for God’s help. He was in a horrible pit situation, perhaps being pursued by a jealous King Saul and his army. David couldn’t even move. He was stuck, as in heavy, mucky clay. Yet he didn’t despair because he knew God would help Him.

God did more than rescue David. He set him on safe, solid ground and guided his next moves — indeed, when David permitted, God directed his entire life. The Lord had a powerful effect on David’s outlook on life. David made a habit of giving God the credit — of praising Him. Often we, too, praise God after he’s rescued us. This is a form of worship God loves to receive.

Those who witness God snatch us from harm and hear us praise God will be in awe of God and put their trust in Him.

In my coming novel, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, John typifies many wordly, young men. He trusts in himself, not in God. Whereas, John’s girlfriend, Carissa, develops a growing relationship with Jesus, learning to lean on Jesus. You can see the friction. Will John swing toward God and what other challenges and dangers does Carissa face in this Last Days scenario?

Why do you feel it’s difficult today for people to abandon their own efforts in the face of trouble and instead lean on the Lord? Please feel free to comment.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

4 comments so far

  1. admin on

    It is a control issue. We like to be in control or have the illusion of being in control. God calls us to full surrender and to trust him. Sometimes we let past hurts get in the way of total abandonment to God.

    • betsyborchardt on

      Yes, I would agree. Handing control over to God is difficult, especially when we let past hurts get in the way. That’s why it is so important to get to know God and to find out He above everyone can be trusted. It usually takes time and effort.to get to that point of full surrrender to God.
      Thanks, Gabriel for your insightful comment.
      Betsy

  2. Barbara Dickson on

    Dear Betsy;

    Thank you for sharing this message with me. 🙂 Love-in-Christ, Barb 🙂

    Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:44:12 +0000 To: saved1974@hotmail.com

    • betsyborchardt on

      Barb,
      I’m happy to know you appreciated my message. God Bless. Betsy


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