Tomorrow is my 41st birthday.  These days I don’t find myself anxiously awaiting “the big day” the way I did when I was a kid.  When I was young, it was hard to be patient while the days slowly passed until my birthday.  My parents always made birthdays a great celebration, and while it was difficult to be patient, it was always worth the wait!

How good are we at waiting?

Psalm 40 says, “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 astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD.” (v.1-3, NLT)

I’ve been stuck in the mud before.  I mean literally, on more than one occasion I have had the wonderful opportunity to push, pull, beg, and wench a vehicle from being stuck in miry mud.  Being stuck in the mud is no fun, for one thing it’s being stuck – you can’t go anywhere (and I like to be moving), and for another thing – you’re stuck in complete nastiness!  If we were stuck in chocolate pie and espresso, it wouldn’t be so bad.  But no we get stuck in stinking, filthy, gross mud!

We may not always be great at waiting patiently on the LORD, but He always turns towards us and hears our cry.  He has lifted me time and time again out of the pit, out of the miry clay!  He continually sets my feet on the rock of solid ground. He keeps me steady as I walk along this life journey.  

Jesus puts a new song in my mouth!  A new way of living – living in such a way that my very life is a hymn of praise to the Creator.  Every day is a new day and I’m thankful for every breath I take!  God’s promise is that through this always-being-renewed-way-of-life, many will see and be in awe and come to put their trust in the LORD.  When singing a new song is a way of life, others are drawn to the LORD’s presence and come to put their trust in Him!

What are you waiting for?  It’s a pretty safe bet that every one of us is waiting for something.  Are you waiting patiently on the LORD, trusting He’s got you?  In the meantime are you singing a new song, a hymn of praise to our God?  When others look at your life, are they astounded and put their trust in God?

This is a phenomenal promise: when I wait patiently on God’s timing, He does something new – He’s always doing something new! – and the Kingdom of God increases!

Waiting patiently for the LORD is always worth the wait!


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