Waiting on Deliverance

 

 

 

The following devotional is an excerpt from “Free to Thrive,” the newest book written by author and bible teacher Andrea Lennon. You can find more about “Free to Thrive” as well as Andrea’s previous study “Reflecting His Glory” here, and you can learn more about Andrea at www.andrealennon.net.

 

“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. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3

Have you ever been so unsure of your next step that all you know to do is hang on to Jesus and desperately hope that you make it through your day? In those times, you know that if God does not get you through, you will not make it. Truly, this type of life displays a picture of living by faith. And, contrary to every feeling inside your body, living by faith results in freedom in your daily life. Believers in Jesus Christ are never more free than when Jesus is their only hope—when Jesus is the only way out of the slimy pit. Think about it for just a moment. Living by faith requires us to crucify self-sufficiency and self-trust. The result? We recognize that Jesus is our only hope.

King David knew about living by faith. He knew about being in the depths of desperation and God graciously saving him. David knew what it was like to have a target on his back and experience God’s deliverance time and time again. He also knew about falling into sin and reaping God’s holy consequences. Throughout David’s life, his experiences brought him to a place of complete desperation for God to work and move in his life.

In today’s passage, David has survived a life-altering situation. A life-altering situation is one where life takes a dramatic turn and things are never the same. David experienced many life-altering situations. One such situation occurred as a result of David sleeping with Bathsheba, who became pregnant. In order to try to cover up the sin, David sent for Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah the Hittite. Uriah came home from war but did not sleep with his wife, and David later had Uriah killed. David thought he had gotten away with his sin, but God did not miss this offense. God confronted David and sent holy consequences into his life. Bathsheba gave birth to the child, but he became sick and died.

How did David make it through these crucial experiences? David cried out to God for help. He cried out to God because he often found himself at a point where he could not fix his problems. He could not correct his mistakes. David needed God to intervene and save him from himself. In response to David’s cry for help, God saved him and delivered him from the slimy pit.

Psalm 40:1–3 is a hymn of praise from David’s heart for the work God performed in his life. Once God worked and moved, David not only renewed his faith and trust in God, he also exclaimed that others would see the work of God and experience faith and trust in their lives as well.

Today you may be in the midst of your life-altering situation. This situation may or may not be in your life as a result of sin. Regardless of the cause, you have the chance to cry out to God for help. If you feel bound up by the uncertainty of life, not knowing what will happen next, you can find freedom in God’s Word. Wait on the Lord. Hold onto the Lord. Know that the Lord will deliver you. Even if you are in the depths of desperation, God is with you. Even if nothing in your life makes sense and by all earthly accounts hope seems gone, hang on to Jesus!

Certainly living by faith does not happen in our own strength or as a result of anything good inside us. We develop trust in God as we dig deep in our faith and know that just like God delivered David from his painful situation, He will deliver us!

How will you respond?

  • Are you currently in a life-altering situation?
  • In your life-altering situation, is trust and faith a part of your life? In other words, are you asking Jesus to help you make it through your day?
  • Do those around you know about the struggles in your life? If so, do you think they see God at work in you? For just a moment, think about how God may be using your life to encourage another believer in their spiritual journey.

Take a moment and read Psalm 40:1-3 out loud substituting your name in the place of David’s personal pronouns. Commit this passage to memory and hang on to Jesus every single day!

“_______________ waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to _______________ and heard _______________ cry. He lifted _______________ out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set _______________ feet on a rock and gave _______________ a firm place to stand. He put a new song in _______________ mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1–3

 

Andrea Lennon lives in Conway, Arkansas, with her husband Jay and two sons, Jake and Andrew. She serves the Lord through a teaching and writing ministry called True Vine Ministry, dedicated to encourage women to know the truth, live the truth, and share the truth! To learn more about Andrea and True Vine Ministry, access her website at www.andrealennon.net. You can also connect with Andrea through facebook, twitter, and the True Vine Ministry blog.

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