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Outcome of Waiting for the Lord

Updated on February 18, 2020
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I have taken this topic from the book of Psalms the bible. The book of Psalms presents us with events that have happened in the past how the saints were able to scale through those times with the help of God, the disposition of God to them, and how we can also navigate through what we are passing through now without compromises.

It is a book that is good for guidenace, and encouragement with things are not going on as expected.

Let us read from the portion of the bible from where this topic has been taken which is Psalms chapter 40:1-3.

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.(Psa 40:1-3)

Brief Words on Psalms 40

e-Sword’s commentary on this Psalms is that it was composed around 1034 BC. This psalm is theoretically said to have been composed by David about the same period, and on the same instance, as the two earlier; with this difference, that here he magnifies God for obtaining mercy which he has sought for. It also contains a remarkable foretelling of the manifestation and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

The words in this book cannot be classified under prayer like we can classify it under the words of report of what happened to the writer after he waited for the Lord. The author’s word of report, or testimony of what happened after he has spent days, weeks and perhaps years waiting would be of enormous blessing unto those of us who are living in the world now.

John Piper says of this chapter that it guards us in unbelief when the Lord seems long in coming.

Shall we examine the verses of this book of Psalms more closely now?

Individualistic in Nature

We shall see that the Psalms is no pluralistic, it shows that the author is the one talking here based on what he has experienced.

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (Psa. 40:1)

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Waited Patiently

The waiting here is qualified by an adverb which shows the measures the author takes when waiting. He tarried long before his presence. The author shows all what should be our disposition to God when asking him for something. Some issues he would answer immediately while some he may not answer immediately, and it would seem as if he wasn’t listening neither hearing us at all. While navigating a position as this we can take a cue from him by tarrying long, by allowing in us the fruit of the spirit called patience (longsuffering) to be at work.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith (Gal 5:22)

Longsuffering in Greek word is written as “μακροθυμία”, Romanized form is makrothumia (pronounced as mak-roth-oo-mee'-ah) which means forbearance, patience. This forbearance is called “קוה” in Hebrew word and its Romanized form is qâvâh (pronounced as kaw-vaw')

This is the ingredient that we are required to add unto our waiting when we are waiting on the Lord for anything in the world as believers. If we can add this to our waiting, we would not be moved by what people say that God would not answer us, that God is not listening to us. It was because Father Abraham could add this to his journey of faith that was why he became an outstanding man of faith till date.

Outcomes of Waiting for the Lord

Having seen some of the steps taken above, we shall herein see some of the outcomes of waiting for the Lord in these verses being the report given by the author of what happened unto him after a long while.

1. He Bends to Hear Him

The Hebrew word for inclining which is nâṭâh shows that the Lord may have been bending away from listening to him before, but when he steadfastly continued to maintain his position before the Lord, the Lord bends towards him to hearken unto what he was saying. Job says, though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (Job 13:15)

Maintain is written in Hebrew as “יכח”, while its Romanized form is yâkach (pronounced as yaw-kakh') which means to plead, reason (together), prove, justify.

The author continues to plead his case before the Lord, continues to tell him why he needs to answer him, why he must not leave him in that position.

The book of Isaiah also says, produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. (Isa 41:21) He continued to give God the cause, his strong reasons why King of Jacob needs to listen to him but not be far off him.

2. Heard His Cries

He has supposedly been crying privately and in some instances openly unto the Lord, but his cries were neglected.

When things are bothering our hearts and we are secretly talking about those things unto God, we should know that we are mentally (psychologically) crying unto God in that wise.

This was the case with David here, for everywhere he went to he sees the hand of the king there, he was even afraid to go to his own family house lest the entire family be wiped off by the King. What could make someone to be weeping in the secret and in the open other than this? When you cannot even access your own people, you would feel neglected, it would seem as the whole world should fall on you.

3. Brought him out of Horrible Pit

Horrible called shâ'ôn in Hebrew means destruction. He was taken out of the pit of destruction by God because he has long been there crying and looking unto Him for deliverance.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (Psa. 40:2)

Matthew Henry in his comment of this verse says the horrible pit here could mean doubt. No one who has been praying on a thing for long but without signs of answering wouldn’t doubt whether he or she is praying aright or not. Sometimes this doubt would make us take a position that we ought not to take as Sarah did advise her husband to know Hagar maybe all that God has been implying was that through someone, they would have a child.

Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

And Sarai said unto Abram, behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. (Gen 16:1-2)

I have read in some christian books in the past that when we have waited on God for long and have prayed on taken a decision for long and it seems as if God is not forthcoming, we can choose an option out of the two and if that is not the one God designs for us we shall meet obstacles in the pursuit.

This was what Sarah did by counselling her love, Father Abraham that he should know Hagar carnally, for peradventure all the promises may have been directed to her.

I know what it means to wait on God for 20 years and more with no respite in sight, and we have options to choose from. As those authors have said, it depends on what your mind says, you may continue with it if there is no condemnation in your heart.

But, in the case under focus here, I do not think David has a choice, though doubting, though running here and there for his life, yet he has no choice than to keep praying and keep hoping against hope for the coming of the Lord to deliver him from the horrible pit which he was in.

After much waiting, the Lord did answer one day.

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4. Brought him out of Miry Clay

Miry clay in our land is a place that is sinking a place that you cannot confidently stand on without being afraid. I remember, my little sister went to miry place to fetch water for the family, she is being naïve of the place confidently stood on the miry and slippery place, soon, her leg slipped, and she fell into the stream. It was her cries that we heard which makes us to pull her out. Miry clay is a slippery place. This was the author’s position when he was calling and crying to God like my little sister cried and we went to her rescue.

For those who have known how slippery places look like, like this author they would be afraid, looking over their shoulders as they stand on such places, looking for something to hang on to as they stand on such places. The author was also afraid to stand upright there, thence he was crying unto God.

The author was saved from the fear that has enveloped his heart, the uncertainties that have surrounded him. We should also know that he will deliver us from those things that terrifies us, we shall be delivered from our fear as David was delivered.

Prophet Isaiah says, we should not be afraid, and the apostle says, he has not given us the spirit of fear.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isa. 41:10)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Ti 1:7)

Fear is a miry place, fear leads to destruction and death.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 Jn 4:18)

From torment and destructions associated with fear he was delivered.

Miry place could also be view in the light of a trap. Several traps have been set up for the man, but he was rescued from all those traps.

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5. Put His Feet on the Rock

The man after being rescued was placed in a place that is secured and safe. When warriors go to rescue people from some enemies’ camps, if they do not have sure place where the people rescued could be kept from the enemies, the rescuing would be meaningless, for when the enemies’ counterattack, they would take those people back and of course kill some.

This may be the reason why the answering was delayed in the first place, maybe the Lord was looking for a sure place to place the man on after rescuing him from his enemies, after delivering him from those horrible places.

Sometimes God’s answers come lately to us not that he doesn’t have power to deliver us, neither that he was not hearing our cries and prayers, but because he was seeking for a soft landing for us, for a secure place where the enemies wouldn’t be able to access before rescuing us.

Think about this with respect to sports persons, a person who is competing in high jump if there is no soft landing for the person after the jump, don’t you think that person would be signing on his death and if not died, may become incapacitated for the rest of his life.

The Lord was seeking for soft landing for the man and thus, he tarried in replying, he bent his torso backwards for a while until he secures the place, he would put the man to before rescuing and delivering him.

Before salvation is extended to the entire human race, what Yahweh fist did was getting the man who will give all and sundry soft landing, Yahweh first got for us all a rock on which he will place us all after rescuing us from the miry pit of sin, the traps of sin that the devil has set before us all which we are all fallen into. And the rock is Jesus Christ.

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (1 Co 10:4)

After rescuing him from those horrible places he puts him on the rock. When we are also saved, we shall be put on Jesus who is the rock of ages and who will shatter to pieces enemies that may want to rise against us.

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Mat 21:44)

6. His Goings Were Established on the Rock

If his goings had been established on soil there may be problems in the future. But since he has been rescued and placed on the rock, he established his goings on the rock too.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (Psa. 40:2)

When we have been saved, our goings shall also be established in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our goings cannot and wouldn’t be established on the world systems again, but they would be established on Jesus Christ.

7. Puts a New Song in His Mouth

Anyone who has passed through problems before, and has been delivered wouldn’t know where new songs, unheard songs would come into the person’s mouth.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.(Psa 40:3)

Because he discovered the salvation of the Lord in the land of the living, new songs came out of his mouth.

This kind of new song may not be associated with praises in some instances and it may be associated with it.

He said the song was put into his mouth because he has been delivered. In other words, the songs could be expressed now because he has seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Before now he was skeptical to express such songs, but having been delivered, he has the confidence to express the songs.

8. The Type of Song

He says the type of song he was singing, and it was the songs of praises, songs of worship. He was worshiping the Lord in the beauty of his holiness with his songs.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.(Psa 40:3)

The apostle in his epistle says, if anyone is happy, he should sing.

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. (Jas 5:13)

The time of affliction is past it is now the time to worship God with special songs of praises.

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Effect of These Outcomes

He notices what follows what happened unto him. He probably was coming up and he was sure that what happened to him would be seen by all. The Hebrew translation of “shall” in this verse here means that they behold.

(a) Unhidden Joy

Having been subsumed with what the Lord has done for him, it was not long before the people started noticing what has happened unto him the transformation that has taken place in his life, that is why he said, many shall see it.

(b) Godly Fear Promoted

What happened to him promoted Godly fear in the hearts of the people, because no one thinks the man would be rescued because as we know from the Holy Writ that the man was being pursued by the king and he has sent emissaries to different kingdoms and nations to deliver him unto him, but despite all of those, he was yet delivered from the King. The people knew that no one could have done that other than God, thus they feared the Lord. They stand in awe of that wonderful God who could deliver his own from those who are strong and mighty than they are.

(c) Trust the Lord

The Godly fear that has overwhelmed their hearts prompted them to trust the Lord the more. For they knew that the God who saves the man ought to be trusted.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.(Psa 40:3)

When we are rescued from the enemies, when the Lord does what is impossible in our lives, people will see it, fear the Lord we are serving and trust the Lord as it happened to Nebuchadnezzar when he threw the three Hebrews into the furnace. He saw what he never knew could happen, his heart feared the Lord and commanded all to be worshiping their God. (Dan 3: 13-29)

Conclusively,

We shall see that when we wait on the Lord and we continue to show him the strong reasons for which he should come to our rescue, he will do that, though he may not come when we had hoped he will come, but he will surely come because he has said no one who seeks him would seek him in vain.

© 2020 OLUSEGUN

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