Psalm 38-40

“I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry.”‭‭(40:1‬)

Wasn’t it nice of the LORD to give us, not only a detailed record of David’s life, but also, a poetic glimpse into his soul? David takes up a large section of the Old Testament. We get a pretty wholistic picture of this “man after God’s own heart”. 

A theme I noticed in the Psalms today, is something I see over and over in his narrative (found in the books of Samuel and Chronicles): David waits on the LORD, above all else, for

  • Peace
  • Vindication
  • Mercy
  • Wisdom
  • Favor
  • Hope
  • Joy
  • Success
  • Love
  • Guidance
  • Salvation

Of course, this list is not exhaustive, but you get the picture. David had friends, companions, wives, brothers, parents, fellow soldiers, children and eventually subjects. I find it interesting he doesn’t run to any of these to fulfill an item on this list.

In all major breakdowns we quickly discover whether or not we’ve slipped into idolatry. When our world comes crashing down, we’re either brought to the heart of David in the Psalms, or we despair, because something else took the LORD’s ultimate place.

It’s so easy to get caught up. It’s easy to make loved ones more than they’re intended to be. Each day I want to come before the LORD and set Him in His rightful place in my life.

Am I looking to Him and trusting Him, even if that looks like waiting?

Patience is the red headed step child of the fruits of the Spirit, in my opinion. I am terribly impulsive. Now, especially in our culture of instant gratification, it’s difficult to wait on the LORD for something, but He’s truly our only hope for satisfaction on these levels. Much of the hurt we inflict on each other is due to disappointment in our inability to meet these expectations intended for the LORD.

Let’s give each other a break and place the LORD above each other. Then, be ready to wait.


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