David began Psalm 40 by sharing his testimony about how God had delivered him from impossible situations because he trusted in God. He wrote, "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 (Psalm 40:1-3)." David pictured his situation as being in a slimy pit, mud, and mire. A slimy pit is a picture of a slippery pit that it is impossible to claw yourself out of. It feels like you are in a well of water, and you can't get out of it unless someone throws you a rope to get out of it. In other words, David was in a dilemma that he couldn't get out. The only thing that he could do was to cry to God for help. But when he cried to God for help, God did not immediately rescue him, so he waited patiently for the Lord until God turned to him and rescued him. When God rescued David, God pulled him out of there and set him on a firm rock that he could stand, unlike the muddy bottom of the pit. As a result, David sang praises of songs to God, and he testified that those who trust in God would see and fear (revere) God, not in superficial action, but coming from a heart that is filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.
We may be in a situation right now that we can't get out of. It seems like we don't have a solution to our dilemma or problems, and we are stuck. We have been praying to God, but it seems he is not doing anything. We have been waiting, and we are getting tired of it. All believers in God have gone through that situation. David experienced it. I personally experienced it. In our waiting, God is always at work. It could be that He is working in our hearts. He may be humbling our hearts and taking away our reliance on ourselves so that we may humble ourselves before Him and learn to really trust in him and surrender everything to Him. God has many reasons to delay His help to us, but rest assured that He is there to rescue us in due time. Let us persevere in our trust in Him, and let us obey what God is leading us to do while we are waiting.
In the end, we will sing praises to God and revere Him because we will experience His complete deliverance in our lives. Let us be patiently waiting for His deliverance and trust Him completely.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully and meditate on the questions while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speak to you). What should I do when I am in a dilemma or problem that I cannot get out of? How should I wait for God's deliverance? How did God rescue David?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, I humbly come before you, acknowledging that I need you to rescue me from my impossible situation. Please help me to wait patiently. You are my only hope. Please give me the wisdom and strength today as I wait for your deliverance. In your name, Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen.