Salisbury Post- September 19, 2015
Hurry Up and Wait!
Ahhh…. I love adverbs, especially the one used here: I waited PATIENTLY for the
Lord. The two little letters -ly tell us HOW to wait - patiently.
Waiting is a pause, an interval, a delay, and can be quite difficult to do. But…. there
are benefits that come our way when we wait. These are expressed in Psalm 40:1-3,
written by David, who had to learn to wait during a time when he felt helpless and
hopeless. The wait for David brought about good results- God results- as it will for us.
Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, set my feet upon a rock, and
established my goings. He put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto God: many
will see it, and fear, and trust in the Lord.
*HE IS OUR HEADREST: As we wait patiently, God is going to incline unto us. Incline
can mean to move your head or body forward toward someone or something. Yes, God
will lean in to us so we can rest on Him. Can you picture it? God leaning in to be closer
to us! Wow!
HE IS OUR HEARER: As we wait patiently, He will hear our cry. Psalm 56:9 tells us
that when we cry to him, our enemies will turn back. Exodus 14:14 explains that we do
not even have to fight our battles- God is fighting them for us. Another Wow!
HE IS THE HANDLER: God is going to bring us out of the horrible pit. We can’t climb
out, because a pit is a deep hole with the only exit at the top. But, God will reach down
with His hand to grasp our hand and pull us out. Just reach up- He will handle it from
HE IS THE HOLDER: God is going to get us out of the slimy, soggy, sludgy, miry clay-
in which we were getting ready to sink. No footholds in there, but God is holding on to
us and is going to pull us out!
HE IS THE HEALER: God is going to SET our feet on a rock. The word ‘set’ means to
place in the proper or desired position. He sets us up! The rock- feels like a much better
position than the mire and the pit! I can envision God brushing us off and saying, “There
you go- healed and ready to move forward!”
HE IS THE HELP: God is going to establish our goings. Establish means to set up or
organize. ‘Goings’ are our steps in life- our path, plan, purpose, and sometimes even
our pit. But, we sure don’t need to stay in the pit! God can take our mess and make it a
message of His amazing grace and mercy.
HE IS HOLY: Yes, He takes us out of the mire and into the choir! God is going to put a
new song in our mouth- one filled with praise!
HE IS OUR HOPE: God is going to use our wait to guide others to fear (respect) and
trust (rely on) Him. In this passage, God was establishing David’s testimony. In the
same way, our tests will become our testimony!
So…. hurry up and wait…. patiently.