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Full Circle

Today’s reading: Psalm 40:1-45:17

My selection: Psalm 40:1-3

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.

My reflections: The Psalmist, in a few lines, describes the process of going from the pit of destruction, through patient prayer, deliverance, security, praise and, finally, fruitful testimony.

All this does not often occur in rapid succession. These are titles of, what are usually, very long chapters. Yet it is good to look back and see how faithful God is to His children who are in despair.

My experience is that there is almost always some area of my life that could be described by one of these stages in this spiritual cycle from despair to fruitfulness. Perhaps, in different areas, I am in different stages simultaneously. Marriage is great. Career is starting to get better. An important relationship is in crisis, etc.

My challenge: Wherever you are on the spectrum, God is there. Keep trusting. Keep crying out to Him. But don’t forget to sing the new song when He sets you upon a rock.

Tomorrow’s reading: Psalm 46:1-50:23

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