I waited patiently for the LORD;

And He inclined to me and heard my cry.

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction,

out of the miry clay,

And He set my feet upon a rock

making my footsteps firm.

Psalm 40: 1, 2 (NASB)

 

There are times and situations in life where waiting on the Lord seems like a pure impossibility. There is too much to handle in front of me, or the weight of the day is so great that breath itself is crushed from my lungs. This is not a fair world, and it doesn’t even pretend to play by fair and just rules. It simply goes after the throat of those who are least able and capable of defending themselves. Then, it seems to sense defeat and pounces upon the downtrodden person with even more ferocity than it put forth at the start of the assault. This sort of scene is, mercifully, not what we go through every day, and it is the exception to what is normal for most of us most of the time. However, when life is like this, it is unbearable, and even one such episode may be enough to undo the stoutest of hearts and unhinge the strongest of minds.

 

David is sharing truth that comes right out of his life. He went through plenty of hard times and faced many stiff challenges. Some of his struggles were of his own making, and many others came to him because of who he was. People seemed to go after him, and it would appear that evil, itself, has painted a target on his back. David, like anyone who loves God, is on the other side from many forces that roam our world and that seek to gain power and advantage over all that is good, righteous, and loving in this place. David’s body, mind, and soul were under attack on many occasions, and these assailants were able to do harm to him on several of these occasions. They did harm, but they did not defeat him. They made his body ache, his heart was grieved, and his spirit was tested; yet, the Lord provided David with the strength and the wisdom that he required to get through it all.

 

In the end, the Lord restored the grieving heart, bound up the gaping wounds in his flesh, and restored the sanity that had been pushed to the brink of breaking. David did not possess the strength to lift himself up. The great warrior, poet, ruler, and devoted follower of the one true God was unable to put himself back together after all that was done to him. But the Lord, sovereign and mighty and also loving and compassionate, was up to the task. God came to the hurting soul and brought the sweet wine of restoration to his lips. So, Christ comes to us when we are desperate and alone, as we are hurting and wounded, and in our hour of darkness and despair, and He speaks love to our hearts. Christ gives peace to our troubled minds, and He counsels us in the ways of truth and justice. We serve a Lord who loves each of us in a way that is impossible for any person to do; yet, He also gives to us a family of His faithful that will embrace and love us for who we are and for who Christ sees within our beautiful souls.