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Jenni Whiteside
Psalm 40:1


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Jenni Whiteside

"I Waited"

"I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me and heard my cry" (Psalm 40:1)

"Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is more than I can bear’" (Genesis 4:13)

If the Lord can have mercy on Cain, who had slain his own brother Abel, whom God had brought to this earth and who loved the Lord and sought His favor and love - then how much more mercy and compassion will our Lord show to His beloved followers, who seek to do His will?

When the baby is sick all night, and you still have to be at work the next day, will He not give you the strength you need to complete your tasks, if you would but ask?

I spent 10 days with very limited sleep, because my little girl had a congested cough most of the night for all of those nights. I tried everything to help her. The doctors can give her nothing because it is viral, not bacterial. So she and I fought the symptoms most of the night and we would finally find a temporary solution and both fall into a short, exhausted sleep. During that time I was having to work 6-days a week. I can’t tell you how much I would fall to my knees and beg that the Lord would heal her right away. We made it through, and last night we finally slept through the whole night!

"I waited patiently for the Lord, and 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 and put their trust in the Lord" (Psalm 40:1-3).

I would like to point out that at the beginning of this passage it says that the Psalmist (David) "waited patiently", before receiving the answer to that cry. Sometimes, the Lord has a purpose in our pain and discomfort and allows things to go on longer than we would imagine that He would. Also, may I say that the Lord allowed this person to be stuck in the mud and the mire. That does not seem like it would be a very pleasant place to be.

There is no mention of how long this situation had existed. I can never remember being stuck in the mud and mire, but I do know that I have felt that way, many times. Sometimes all we can do is to ask for strength to go through whatever it is that He has allowed us to be experiencing. That is a prayer (for strength) that He will answer "Yes" to!

When we are at the breaking point and can bear no more, He will hear our cry. It may not be the answer we expect. In fact, it is often not as we would have done. The Lord’s ways are "not (our) ways" (Isaiah 55:8-9). But He will give us what we need to get through.

At the end of this passage it says that He put, "a hymn of praise to our God…" in the psalmist’s mouth. This promises us that He will not only get us through our trials, but He will ultimately give us the solution to get through the next trial. This is to give praise to the Almighty!


Jenni Whiteside is the mother of two children and she lives in Arizona, USA, where she and her husband Tom are the owners & operators of the Day/Nite Deli-Mart, located at Orange Grove and La Cholla, in Tucson.  Write to:

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