“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.”
Well, I didn’t really wait patiently for the Lord…more like an impatient, temper-tantrum throwing toddler. I was in the mud and the mire, I had fallen head first into the slimy pit of circumstances that were beyond my control.
Yes, I cried to the Lord. I pleaded, I begged, and I cried. I also couldn’t see. In my distress, and desire for the outcome of my choosing, I did not see when the Lord heard my cry and pulled me out of the mire. I didn’t see that the rock He placed me on was a rock of His choosing, one that He knew was better for me.
It took me a long time to understand this. I thought I knew God’s Word and Ways pretty well. But ‘knowing’ and ‘applying’ are two different things. First, I needed to overcome my pride, and accept things as they were. The past was no longer mine to deal with. God was setting me on a new course. The past, the present, and the future all belong to God.
Even as I began to accept the circumstances of my dive into the slimy pit, I had not yet reached the point of singing a new song of praise to God. As I read Psalm 40, I was nodding in agreement with the first verses. Yup, that is exactly how I felt – in a muddy, mirery pit. Then came the question: Did God “set my feet on a rock”? It wasn’t the rock I had been praying for. But maybe it was a better rock for this time in my life.
I started to count my blessings as opposed to my hardships, and I had to admit, this is a better rock then the one I had been coveting. God heard my cry, pulled me from the mire, set my feet on solid ground, and made me see His new blessings. “He put a new song in my mouth”, and I will sing “a hymn of praise to our God”