Tuesday – June 11, 2024

Proverbs 19-21; Psalm 40; Romans 16

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
    and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
    out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
    and steadied me as I walked along. (Psalm 40:1-2)

Patience and perspective come to mind, and both are vital in our waiting. We can be patient while we wait but put our hope and trust in the wrong place, and we later realize it and feel despair. Have you been there? I have waited patiently for Air Jordan shoes to come out and spend more money on them than a man should to feel deflated once I have them. Why? I hoped they would be better or nicer than the 30 pairs I already own. (disclaimer: I no longer do this, lol)*

In his waiting, David experienced profound relief and gratitude when the LORD turned to him and heard his cry. The GOD of heaven and earth, who created all things and sustains all things, saw HIS child waiting for HIM, and HE turned and did something that only HE could do. Yes, David could have something or someone get him out of his pit of despair, but eventually, David knew that would not be the sustainment he needed.

When our perspective is on the ONE who always sees us, we can keep our eyes focused back on HIM. HE will put our feet on solid ground and steady us as we walk out of our lives of faith and belief in JESUS. David, please close us out:

16 But may all who search for you
    be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
    repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”
17 As for me, since I am poor and needy,
    let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.
You are my helper and my savior.
    O my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:16-17)