Our family has a house on Lake Thurmond in South Carolina. When we are there our youngest two children hope to watch a movie every night. One rather silently hopes for something more than a kid’s movie. The other more persistently pushes for it to start usually hearing from her mom, “the movie will be turned on when it gets dark outside.” I don’t think this youngest child’s mind lets her wait patiently. It runs and runs trying to predict and control all of her moments.
One of these nights we watched the movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. It is a moving story of a dog with undying patience as it waited for its master to get off of the evening train. A lot of tears were shed by the ladies during this one. Psalm 40 tells us of David’s undying patience for the Lord.
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:1-3–ESV)
In Psalm 40 David tells us that he waited patiently for the Lord. David waited patiently because he believed that God would come. In this chapter we do not see why David was waiting, but just that he was. The dog in that movie believed his owner would come and David believed that God would come.
Fruits of undying patience: helping, leading, humming, drawing
The Psalm goes on to say that God turned to David and heard David’s cry for help. God did come. [Read more…]