Under Pressure

When pressured we reveal who we are.

I waited patiently for the Lord … He lifted me out of the pit of despair. Psalm 40v1-2

David was in the pit long enough to call it the pit of despair, yet he persisted and the Lord lifted him out. Other options were available.

Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. Psalm 40v4

Two alternatives are people who are full of themselves, and those who ask us to bow the knee to what they value. Yet there is joy for those who wait for God.

You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings … I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” Psalm 40v6-8

There are those who wish to make a deal with God. The Lord desires more than offerings. He desires our hearts!

David demonstrates his heart through open words,

I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out. Psalm 40v9

This puts David on the spot when he is in trouble again –

Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies …  For troubles surround me …
My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. Psalm 40v11-12

Recognising he got himself into trouble, David appeals to God.

As for me, since I am poor and needy, … O my God, do not delay. Psalm 40v17

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