“I waited patiently for the Lord;
He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
Out if the muck and mire;
He sat 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)
Let me be one of the many to wish you a Happy New Year. God has been good to us this past year. Our son moved back to our home state this past spring. Even in the unfortunate difficult times we have had with my falling twice and breaking a rib, the first time, and severely breaking my right ankle, on the second time God was with us.
Reflecting on my life, I see our focus passage acted out for us. My husband and I have a great deal for which to be thankful. God did lift both of us up from a difficult and, for me, stressful life. King David caused a lot of calamity in his life but God forgave him. I love the imagery David uses here.
David waited patiently: Yes, we have to wait for God to act.
God turned to him and heard David’s cry.
Our Lord lifted David out of the mess in which he found himself. God did not leave David in that quagmire.
God set him on a firm foundation and allowed David to stand.
He gave David a new song, a hymn of praise and rejoicing. God does this for every child who claims His name. My hope for 2016 is that people will see, fear, and learn to put their trust in Jesus, our Lord.