Psalms 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

Have you ever needed a Psalm 40 Verse 1-3 day? Take a second with me and think about it…

I waited patiently for the Lord, He inclined to me and heard my cry

Waiting to feel better, waiting to be well, waiting for a miracle, waiting in traffic. Waiting is hard isn’t it? But sometimes the wait is just as important as the actions coming later. Sometimes in our waiting, we take our hands off our situations and make room for the Father to step in.

Sometimes in the waiting, we receive the very thing we want to rush ahead for.

Sometimes that’s where the lesson find us. We pause, and it implies trust. And then God leans in. We stop and wait and as He inclines, we stop long enough to realise He’s acknowledged our frustrations. Our pains. Our worries. Our anxiety. One definition to incline means to determine our outcome with favor.

Wow. So for many of us,  today, we wait patiently, and the Lord will lean in with His wild love and hear our cries, and determine the outcome of our circumstances with favor.

We can have that today, when Love leans close.

He drew me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps…

Not only does our Creator listen and commiserate and give your issues priority. He then does something about it. Actually, He takes you up out of it!
On the journey we take there are going to be ditches, and pits, and bogs, and valleys at every turn. It’s called life. But when we call on His name, and put our trust in His vision for us, we stop the struggling, digging ourselves in deeper, and He does all the heavy lifting.

In fact, He’s saying He’ll do you one better. He not only picks us up, but He carries us to the most solid, safe, foundation He has. He will set your feet upon the rock. The Rock is not a thing, it is a who. Christ is the firm foundation, he’s called the rock of salvation, his call and workings on your life do not shift or buckle.

Nor does a Love that leans close. It’s a sure thing.

And how often have you craved guidance today? Just when you thought He couldn’t get any more faithful, it says by the time He’s done, He’ll establish our steps.

Actions to rectify the problem. A rescue to bring release. And then an application of change, grace, and direction for your next steps on the journey. Through your day.

I’m liking the sounds of a Psalm 40 day better and better! You?

He put a new song in my mouth, a heart song of praise to our God!

Well, I don’t know about you, but if you were physically rescued from something traumatic and devastating, and a hero came along and rescued you, you wouldn’t keep it a secret would you? You’d hold a conference, you’d broadcast the news everywhere, you’d never shut up about the one who took the time and effort to rescue you. You’d tell the story, and those people would tell the story, and those people would tell the story, and…

It’d be the least you would do. And so, when you realise that the God of the universe leans in, and lifts you out, and sets you on dry land, and puts you back on the path He has for you… you sing. You shout of His goodness, and mercies, and unconditional love. You broadcast His goodness, because it’s so hard to contain. Your light is meant to shine, and to reflect His glory.

Many will see, and fear and be in awe of Him, and in turn, put their trust in Him…

I know some days are too much. I know some people will be cruel. I know some hopes will be dashed. I know some fears will loom large. But we have a big God ready to lean in. We have a big Love ready to lean close.
The same one who put the stars in place, leaned close and set His Son into the earth’s atmosphere. In a hillside cave. In a manger. And angels leaned in and announced this huge thing. To shepherds first. Common, and labouring, and of little consequence to many. And those shepherds leaned in and witnessed God as flesh.

And they saw, and were reverent, and were in awe, and in turn were changed by Him… retreated with a new trust in Yahweh, and had seen God’s plan for pulling the world out of the mire and the pit, giving it a Rock we could all stand on, if we wanted.

I think of a powerful quote from author/speaker Max Lucado that says;

His desire is that none would suffer. Pits of any kind. And even when it’s hard to see it, that’s when your faith, even small as a mustard seed, needs to trust it.

Wait patiently today. It’s okay to cry out.

Just know that when you do, Love leans in close.