At ministers’ prayers on Thursday morning we read together Psalm 40v1-3 and reflected on the respective ‘roles’ of the Lord and ourselves. In fact, whilst we are called to wait patiently for the Lord, He works in so many remarkable and merciful ways – He turns to us, He hears our cry, He lifts us up, He sets us on a secure foundation, He puts a new song in our mouth. You might conclude that the balance of ‘responsibilities’ rests solely on one side – the Lord’s!
The author of Psalm 40, David, is describing all his previous situations of need when he called on God for mercy and help. From that first time when we call on Him, to our daily cry, the Lord graciously hears and lifts us up. His response may not always appear to be as speedy as we would like. We may wonder why we have been ‘dragged down’ again. But let us wait patiently for Him, seeking to remember how He lifted us up in the past and to trust Him that He will do so again.
It’s clear from what David says that his patient waiting was accompanied with him crying out to the Lord. This is not then some silent stoicism – indeed we can even think of the Lord crying out in Gethsemane “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And we must remember that His Father’s ‘lifting’ of Him only took place 3 days later following His awful suffering and death. But God lifted Him and He will lift us up too!
In loving-kindness Jesus came, My soul in mercy to reclaim,
And from the depths of sin and shame, Through grace He lifted me.
From sinking sand He lifted me, With tender hand He lifted me;
From shades of night to plains of light, Oh, praise His Name, He lifted me!
Peace and Grace