Reading: Psalm 40: 1-5
The psalmist bears excellent witness to the blessings of our relationship with God. The Psalm begins by recalling a time when the writer waited patiently for God’s response. At times this is necessary as our days, hours, and minutes do not quite align with God’s sense of time. Yet we too can wait patiently and can continue to hold fast to hope because we know that God is loving and faithful. God did indeed respond to the psalmist. God lifted the writer out of the pit and gave him a firm place to stand. This brought relief and comfort and joy to the psalmist. To express this, God placed a hymn of praise in his mouth so that he could sing of the joy of putting his trust in the Lord.
Verse fours begins, “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust”. We are indeed blessed when we trust in God. In many ways the Lord our God blesses us with the riches of His love and with His unending grace. The psalmist gushes about the many deeds God has done and the things God has planned for mankind. This is an expression of the joy he finds from living in a righteous relationship with God. The psalmist is bearing witness to us so that we can follow his example and can share with others what God has done and continues to do in our lives.
The joy that comes from living with God is a joy that permeates our life. Just as the psalmist was experiencing a time of trial at the start of the Psalm, we too will have times when we are in the midst of sadness or struggle. Like the psalmist, when we walk through trial or spend time in the pit, we are not alone. God continues to be present, to bring us comfort and strength, and to wrap us in the arms of His love and grace. We walk with confidence that God is faithful, that God is with us no matter what. We know we will get through it with God. Ultimately, we also know that the end, whether of the trial or of this life, is just temporary. We live with a trust in the eternal. In this sense, we live beyond the here and now. This is a great source of joy.
Oh, what a blessed assurance we have when we live as a child of God! We have God’s daily presence, love, and guidance. And we live trusting into an eternal future with God. Oh how He loves you and me. Praise and glory be to God the Father!