Psalm 40:1-3 NLT
 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.
Reflection . . .
This first stanza of Psalm 40 helps us understand that so often help from the Lord comes out of paitient waiting on him. There is this sense that after much waiting, finally the Lord turns his attention toward us. Why all the waiting in order for the Lord to turn toward us and rescue us or even hear us? What does waiting do for us? As Psalm 62:5-8 says, “let all that I am wait quietly . . . pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” Waiting is hard. Waiting is a discipline, an act of faith and hope; it can and will direct the attention of our minds that produces deeper love for God. Out of this kind of patient waiting, we will experience the Lord’s help in profound ways giving him praise for all to see!