In Psalm 40 David found himself in a tough lie. My tough lie was a Saw Palmetto plant. David’s tough like was a pit. You’ve heard people use the expression, “That’s the pits!” That is exactly where David was in this 40th Psalm. It was no ordinary pit. He called it a horrible pit. Try as he might, he could not get out.
So what did he do? He tells us in the first verse, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.” Waiting can be hard. Waiting patiently can be harder still. Just remember that waiting time is not wasted time if you do it right. Waiting on the Lord is time well spent.
David’s deliverance didn’t come immediately, but it did come! “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” (Psalm 40:2). As a result of his experience, David not only had a new song of praise to sing to the Lord, but a new story to tell to others, “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 40:3).
Do you find yourself in a tough lie today? You can respond by hacking away at it as I did on the golf course, only to make matters worse. Or you can cry out to the Lord and wait patiently for Him to answer. The correct course of action is obvious. And when God answers (and He will) be sure to give Him praise and tell others the story.
Pastor Todd Weston