Monday Psalm for February 14, 2011

“I waited patiently for the LORD;
   he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
   out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth,
   a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
   and put their trust in the LORD.

Blessed is the man who makes
   the LORD his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
   to those who go astray after a lie!” – Psalm 40:1-4 (ESV)

Take a moment to remember.  Remember a time when you were in deep – real deep.  Over your head deep.  Don’t know how you’re ever going to get out deep.  It is good to remember the times when we couldn’t see a way out of our troubles – not for the sake of reliving the hard times, but for the 20/20 vision hindsight affords us to see God working in our lives, to save us, to rescue us, to guide us.  Maybe he healed you, provided for you, put the right person in your path at just the right time, or merely calmed you through the storm.

Now, let me ask you.  What are you facing today?  What challenge seems difficult – perhaps even insurmountable?  Stop and remember.  Remember that God is with you.  If it seems that He isn’t working fast enough, perhaps there is a lesson to learn.  Just trust God.  Know that He is with you.  Take time to praise the Lord for Who He is and see beyond your situation.

“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, ESV).  Let the Lord be your strength.  Wait patiently and trust in Him.  God’s timing is perfect – never too late, never too early.  He is your security.  Rest in Him and know the Lord is good.

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