I waited patiently for LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.
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.
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.
Waiting is something we all most likely struggle with. I know I do. I’m a “get ‘er done” kind of girl!
Yesterday’s “Daily Bread” devotion really spoke to me, so I thought we might just hear what David Roper
had to say about waiting. I’m sure something in it will resonate with you. Enjoy! Sharon
Waiting is hard. We wait in grocery lines, in traffic, in the doctor’s office. We twiddle our thumbs, stifle our yawns,
and fret inwardly in frustration. On another level, we wait for a letter that doesn’t come, for a prodigal child to return,
or for a spouse to change. We wait for a child we can hold in our arms. We wait for our heart’s desire.
In Psalm 40, David says, “I waited patiently for the LORD.” The original language here suggests that David “waited and
waited and waited” for God to answer his prayer. Yet as he looks back at this time of delay, he praises God.
As a result, David says, God “put a new song….a hymn of praise” in his heart (40:3NIV).
“What a chapter can be written of God’s delays!” said F.B. Meyer. “It is the mystery of educating human spirits to
– submission, humility, patience, virtues that take the longest to learn.
What do we do when God seems to withhold our heart’s desire? He is able to help us to love and trust Him
enough to accept the delay with joy and to see it as an opportunity to develop these virtues — and to praise Him.