I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)
Are you willing to wait? Will you keep coming to me? Will you persistently ask for what you need from me? Yes, I am willing to wait. Yes, I will keep coming and laying out my requests before you. You don’t like waiting do you? No, I do not like to wait. What has happened to you as you have been patient and waited in prayer before me? As I have waited in your presence I have been changed. You have made me stronger and able to endure the trials and tests of life. You have taught me to trust and rely on you as I have waited in hope before you. You have made me more able to hear your voice and know your will and your ways. You have molded and shaped my life as I have waited in your presence. In the end you have changed my attitude about waiting. How so? I no longer consider time spent in prayer with you to be waiting. Why is that? Waiting involves wanting something else that is better or different. There is nothing better than being in your presence. There is no other place that I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing else I would rather be doing than spending time with you.
I have heard your cry. I have answered your prayers. I have pulled you out of the muck and the mire. I have set your feet on solid ground. I have put on new song of praise on your lips, in your mouth and on your heart. Yes, you have done all these things for me. As I have waited in your presence you have realigned my prayers and given me prayers that I would have never thought or desired to pray. Like what? It was you that showed me that my life was stuck in the muck and the mire. On my own I wouldn’t even been able to recognize that. You caused me to cry out to ask you for help. You gave me prayers to pray that you would certainly hear and answer. You made it my desire to love you with all my heart and soul and mind. You gave me faith and hope in you. You have set my feet on solid ground as I follow and serve you. You have filled my life with joy. You have put a new song of praise and thanks in my heart that I sing to you. Yes, you have heard and answered my prayers. Yes, I will keep coming to you. Yes, I will delight to wait in your presence. That will be very good.
Lord, I will wait patiently before you. I will make known my prayers to you. I will put my trust in you as I cry out for help. You do hear and answer my prayers. You have pulled me out of muck and set me on solid ground. All praise and thanks belong to you. Amen
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