October 17                                         Day 288

How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life

 “Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.”  Psalm 40:13

The Sound of Very Hasty Motions

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The word, “Haste” here in Psalm 40:13 is an interesting word and you can miss its deeper meaning at first glance. The root of this word is ononmatopoetic, meaning, as though imitating the sound of very hasty motions.

In the Hebrew language, this word is also translated with, to make haste (figuratively), to act quickly, come quickly, to be eager with excitement or enjoyment. This word is used 20 times in the Bible. If we listen, is it for us to hear the sound of the Lord’s hasty movements towards us as He is pleased to make haste in delivering us.

What a powerful thing it will be to hear the Lord make haste to deliver us from the distresses of this life that have us perplexed and frustrated like a crook in the lot.   In the previous verse (12) of Psalm 40, the Psalmist declares, “Mine iniquities have taken hold of me, so that I am not able to look up; therefore, my heart faileth me.” How disheartening it is to feel like your heart faileth, and you can’t even look up.

The Bible tells us that our very lives are a “Poema” or poem unto the Lord. The language here implies that the Lord is writing our lives as we live it. Can you image the Lord, writing your life as it happens like a poem? I think this changes the way we should be looking at living in a low stanza or verse in our lives.

Be encouraged, that same Hand that seems slack with you in difficult times is also moving toward writing a high note to your life in the next stanza as most beautiful poems are written.

In today’s rushed and hurried world we will see things that God is doing for us in our own sufferings if we slow down and listen for the Lord making “haste” in the sounds of our daily coming and goings.

God allows us to experience the “sufferings of this life” (Rom 8:18), for Eternal purposes. In the first verse of this Psalm, David says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”  

  The Eternal One wants us to live in these days with anticipation of His coming to deliver us with a cheerful and thankful heart enduring the sufferings and sorrows of this life to the end.

 


Words to Think About…

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Let him, with a cheerful and thankful spirit, yield himself up to suffer whatever God shall appoint unto him, and to fulfil, accordingly to His power, the grace of God, all His holy will to the utmost that he can discern it, and never complain of his distresses but to God alone, with entire and humble resignation, praying that he may be strong to endure all of his sufferings according to the will of God. – John Tauler

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8-18