Psalm 40:1-4, “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his Trust”
People come before God to pray to Him about different things for they are fully persuaded that He is their refuge and strength. Where you are fully convinced that if the Lord does not come through for you, you are destined to fail. If you are like me, you may find it hard to wait for what you have prayed for and know what God’s will is for the situation you are in. This verse in Hebrews sheds light clearly and I will use it to set the ball rolling. Hebrews 10:35&36, “Cast not therefore your confidence which has great recompense of reward, for you are in need of patience that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise”
This verse ties with the next few verses we will look at. Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry“. As I have mentioned before, the word “wait” has different meanings and the first meaning on hold for someone or something. The other meaning is busy serving others just like in restaurants. We have waiters waiting on people and I believe this is what the Psalmist is telling us that he patiently served the Lord and the Lord heard him. In serving (waiting) on God, he was also bringing his petitions to Him. In his faithfulness in serving, the Lord heard his cry and attended to Him.
Not only did the Lord hear his cry and attended to him, in Psalm 40:2, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps“. As you are busy waiting (serving) the Lord, hell won’t be too happy with you serving. Remember Jesus words in, John 16:33, “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world“. There is truth of what will happen, however there is a promise that comes with it. 1John 4:4, “Ye are of God little children for you have overcome them. For greater is He that is inside of you than he that is in the world“. Attacks will come, the good news, He is the greatest living inside than we and the enemy living in the world. With that established, don’t be surprised at times when you are in horrible pits or in a miry clay for He will pick you up and set your feet upon a rock. He is the Rock of Ages Psalm 18:46, “The Lord lives; and blessed be my Rock; and let the Lord of My salvation be exalted”. He will set you on Himself, the Rock.
“…And established my steps”, the Lord establishes our steps, in other words recognizes our steps. Our steps could be in good ministries, good friends, dealing with issues, meeting deadlines, dealing with arrogant people. In short, all that you need to deal with He recognizes and establishes your step that you may walk worthy of His vocation. Walking with Him requires patience, back to Hebrews we looked at, “…For you are in need of patience”. Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way”. The word order here could mean bring something from somewhere else which is missing in the present situation and using it to accomplish what He had in mind. The present things have no capability of making it work but when He orders it from his warehouse (heaven), it comes complete.
Psalm 40:3, “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“. I know the power in singing for it has a way of encouraging you to overcome. It may not be very easy to pray in certain situations but singing a song will make a great impact. Singing helps you lift Him up and what did He say in John 12:32, “And if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me”. You lift Him up, you will be part of the people who will be drawn. The neat thing about this verse is that He does not even ask you to look for a song, He puts one in your mouth that you may praise Him. Certain songs that we sing out of our mouths, I wonder whether they praise Him?. “…Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord“, whenever the Lord is doing something in your life and mine, He has someone else in mind that they may see the goodness of the Lord in your life and fear Him. The fear here is reverencing fear. Many Christians walk as though they have no God to help them and the unbelievers have no one to set an example for them.
Psalm 40:4, “Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust”, there are so many things you will not understand about how God operates but trust Him. My wife and I are in situations right now where we don’t know what to expect but sure enough, we are making the Lord our trust. He has heard our cry and attended to it, He has brought us up from the pits and miry clay, He has set our feet upon a rock, He has established our steps, He has put a song in our mouths, And He has set people to see what He has done in our lives, what else can we do but make Him our trust. Hebrews 10:36, “…after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise“. I am determined to do the will of God with gladness for one day if not soon, I will receive the promise. Blessings, Ev