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
“It’s a mud pit back there,” she said, pointing at the muddy landscape of her backyard. “I got stuck in there last week. I had to call the neighbor for help,” my friend continued. “Every time I tried to get out, I would just sink deeper, my neighbor had to lift me out of the mud.”
Currently, I feel like I’m in a place bound by both mud and mire. My feet are unsteady, and frankly, I’m stuck in the mud. Every time I lift my foot up, I seem to sink a little deeper.
God reminded me of this verse in Psalms, “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.”
I love the emphasis on Him, and not on me. The only part that I am responsible for is “patience.” It is He who lifts me up. He sets my feet on a rock. He gives me a firm place to stand. He puts a new song in my mouth.
Sometimes, God wants us to take our eyes off the problem, and the situation at hand.
I may be stuck in the mud, but he is greater than that. I need to turn my eyes to him and wait. He will do all the rest.
Sometimes our striving and wondering sinks us deeper. Sometimes all we need is his great hand to scoop us out of our situation and put a new song of praise in our mouths. May we wait ever-expectant, full of faith and patience. With a song of praise on our lips.