1I waited patiently for the LORD; (Psalm 40:1a)I have to confess that I often do not feel as if I am waiting patiently for the Lord...and yet I find myself knocking at heaven's door again and again and again. Perhaps, I grow tired and start to turn away but I always turn around and start banging with my fist again. After all, where else would I go? [bible]John 6:67-69[/bible] Where else would I go? In my heart of hearts I know that Jesus is the Son of the Living God. I know that only he has the eternal words of life. There is absolutely no other option. There is no one else to go to. I have no choice except to stand before heaven's gate. So, I rise and begin to bang on the door again, raising my voice up to God..."Abba!"
and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1bAlthough I didn't know it at the time, the moment my voice pierced the air, God leaned toward me and heard my cry. Sometimes I see the response instantaneously. Other times, the Father appears to hold himself in check for a moment. Why does he choose to hold himself in check sometimes? I don't know why...I'm not the Father, I'm only the child and I can only see so much.[bible]Psalms 40:2[/bible] This one thing I do know! He will not leave me in this miry pit to be cast down and destroyed. He will lift me up out of it and give my feet a sure place to stand. He places me on that solid rock which is Jesus Christ! It doesn't matter what the ground around me looks like. I am on the Rock which is a sure, unchangeable foundation which will never fail!
[bible]Psalms 40:3[/bible] Then God does something even more wonderful. He puts a song of victory, a song of triumph, a song of praise in my heart. This song is so amazing that many who hear it shall fear God and come to trust in him. Not only do I get a wonderful new song for myself, I get to give it to others which means I've become an instrument in the Master's hand!
Yes, we are fighting a battle. We must never forget that. However, also know there is victory in the midst of the battle and we must not forget to lift up our voices in song as we declare what God has done now and in the future. We must not forget to sing!