Blessed by the Lord
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 the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Psalm 40:1-4
From the text, the Psalmist expressed his gratefulness to God for rescuing him in life’s circumstances. In times of difficulties, the only way he knew was to turn to God in prayer. He cast himself and his situation completely upon the Lord as the only possible way out. This doesn’t mean he passively sat down and resignedly said, ‘If the Lord wants to deliver me, he will deliver me.’ His waiting rather consisted of crying to the Lord. Prayer is the means God has ordained for working His purposes out in the lives of His children. His feet were lifted out of the miry clay of a horrible pit and were established on a solid rock. It is tempting to be anxious when life consists of difficult circumstances. Sad to say, there are many deep pits and miry clay. The worst of all are the pit of sin and miry clay of emptiness. But the Lord when called upon these moments responds by rescuing us and ensures for us a bright and settled future. Praise is the natural response to such a thing. This one act of deliverance made David keenly aware that God constantly thinks about His people and does many wonderful works on their behalf. His kind thoughts and wonderful deeds are too many to be counted. David rejoiced in knowing that the greatness of the experience will not go unnoticed for it would cause others to stand in awe and reverence before God. Such reverence should lead to relying and trusting upon Him completely. David’s experience caused him to state a general truth: anyone who trusts in the Lord is blessed of the Lord.