Glory from the Mud

4 Aug

Psalm 40:1-3

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

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.
Many will see and fear the Lord
.   and put their trust in him.

This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.  I come back to it again and again for many reasons.  When there are difficult things in my life, especially.

I don’t think the Lord took David’s difficulty away.  Before David was king, he was a nationally hunted fugitive.  King Saul sought to wipe his perceived competition from the King of Israel contest.  Samuel had been to see David, and anointed him king, but from David’s perspective, nothing about his life was royal.

Except his love for and commitment to God.

This psalm was David’s heart cry during some of his darkest days.  That’s why I don’t think God removed his troubles.  So what changed from the slimy pit to firm rock?  I believe it was David’s attitude and renewed strength in the Lord.

Verse 3 takes on a very different meaning in light of this.  What did people see that made them put their trust in God?  A godly man who, because of the bedrock foundation he had in his God, was able to rise above the desperate circumstances he found himself.  This is the new song David sang to God.

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Ready for Sunday

When stuff is tough, my default response is to run away, not worship God.  But when I think about it, people expect my to praise God when everything is going well.  No one really takes notice then.  When life is hard and I praise Him, however, that gets people’s attention – and God gets the glory. 

There’s also that bit in the Word about God’s power being made perfect in our weaknesses.  Again, one of the best ways for people to see God’s glory is when my life is a mess, and I continue to praise Him.

Our church has been through a hard time.  Through it all, we have continued to praise Him, turn to Him, and trust Him.  Where else could we go?  He is the firm rock.  We stand on Him alone.

To Him be ALL the glory.

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