I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry (Psalm 40:1 NIV).
Friend to Friend
Recently I saw a beautiful time lapse video. It began with placing a bulb in the ground and moving through every stage, from growing roots to peeking through the ground, then developing leaves. The buds formed, and ultimately, the flower petals bloomed. From seed to perfect blooms didn’t happen overnight. It took 83 days—almost an entire season of the year. To reach the premium point of completion, progress took place. Progress requires patience.
“Whatever you pray for, don’t pray for patience!” Perhaps you’ve heard that expression or even repeated it to a friend. My mom may have told me that once or twice when it was her turn to juggle a houseful of teenagers. But, of course, she was joking. Sort of. Typically we don’t associate prayer and patience as cohabiting attributes that promote growth. Instead, they seem to have contrasting characteristics, and waiting is often considered “doing nothing.” Until, however, we examine today’s key verse.
Psalm 40 is a song of David that begins with that dirty little word, “waited,” followed by the word “patiently.” Gasp! This activity of waiting patiently exists? Who does this? In my mind, I picture a calm, cool, and collected individual sipping a cup of tea with a pinky in the air. Indeed, there was no toe-tapping and no tears of anguish.
Except that David followed, “I waited patiently for the Lord” with “he turned to me and heard my cry.” David was waiting patiently, but he was also praying fervently. David’s wait wasn’t empty and void of activity; he was busy asking the Lord for his needs, which were significant. In Psalm 40:2, we learn that David was in a slimy pit. He was sinking fast. Whether drowning in sorrow, pain, or depression, he knew he needed God to pull him out of the mud even though he was waiting for growth. So he asked.
When slime covered his boots, he hit his knees.
God answered David’s prayer at the exact right moment. Friend, he will do the same for you. His timing is never less than perfect; his ear is never more than a call away.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God” (Psalm 40:3).
Dear God, when the process seems long, provide a fresh dose of patience to embrace all You have for me, no matter how deep the mud. May my heart be tuned to Your purpose and plan in every season.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
What kind of patience have you lacked in the mud? What has helped you remember to pray as you wait on the Lord? Share in the comments!
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I know God is going to answered my long asking prayer in his time. I’m trying to break a horrible habit I have of worrying when is he going to heal my 2 sons with addiction issues. When I should be using that time to praise him for everything. I know he hears my prayers I’m just waiting. Thank you for your devotion today.
It is so hard to wait, Sheila, especially concerning our loved ones. Lord, blanket Sheila’s heart with peace today and provide the patience she needs for your perfect timing.
Good morning Rachel
Thank you for the gift of this devotional verse. As I pray for continued healing from my COVID headaches I am reminded of how important patience is. I know the Lord our God will watch over me and grant His hraling.
Praying for healing for you right now, Lynne!
Like Sheila I am waiting patiently for a plan, a solution, a reason, a voice to help heal my son of his mental illness. We are in year 10 and I, we, are tired. I am waiting….not always patiently. I am struggling, frustrated and sometimes angry at the situation. I feel responsible, guilty, angry and sad. I feel like I have failed him and God as he was an answer to a prayer.
I am so sorry, Kathy, for the incredibly long wait. God has your son in the palm of his hand. I join you in prayer against the enemy.
Thank you, Rachel! I try to remind myself often that my mom named me Joy for a reason. Iy reminds me to put Jesus first, Others next, “You” (meaning me) last. Also, the joy of the Lord is your strength. It is difficult to believe that God continues to work even when we think He has forgotten us and our situation! I can identify with both Kathy and Sheila at this time. A son for whom my husband and I have been praying to return and come back to the Lord and a brother who suffers from schizo effective disorder. He leads a misunderstood, lonely life. Thank you for your reminders today. We all need to be reminded often!
Today, I found out I have to wait until August 15th, to have my thyroid removed because of a growth. I must trust that God is in control and that He will keep me under the shadow of His wings. Holy Spirit will keep my mind and heart in perfect peace as I wait and that God is able to shrink the growth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen🙏🏼
Yes, growing! Lol