Psalm 40:11 I waited patiently for Yahveh , and he stretched down to me and heard my cry for help.
Psalm 40:2 He brought me up from a desolate hole, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.
Psalm 40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and they will trust in Yahveh.
Psalm 40:4 How fortunate is anyone who has put his trust in Yahveh and has not turned to the proud or to those who run after lies!
Psalm 40:5 Yahveh my God, you have done many things– your wondrous works and your plans for us; none can compare with you. If I were to report and speak of them, they are more than can be told.
David describes his deliverance by a word picture. He was stuck in a desolate hole. The solution to his problem was not in activity, or changing his mind, or even repentance. He was totally out of DIY answers.
Of course, he could have made the wrong choice – to turn to the proud or run after lies. Instead, since he was stuck, he decided to wait patiently. It was God’s move. God stretched down (נָטָה) and pulled him out.
Lord, we are stuck. We will wait patiently for you to deliver us, because only you can.
1superscription: A psalm of David.