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.
4 Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.
13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!
6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
Courtney Marie Zandstra would like to think that she can pull herself up by her own bootstraps and sustain herself. She also would like to believe that she can persevere and “pull herself together” so no one can even notice her weaknesses. I have been told that I have a harsh inner critic and that I need to be kinder to Courtney Marie. As an achiever and a performer, there is something in me that wants to deliver myself, and I am convinced my strength alone is capable of doing so. And yet, “my heart fails me.”
During the season leading up to the wedding, I experienced the work of the Lord first hand as He lavished His provision over the finances in areas we did not foresee. In His kindness, He provided and multiplied what we needed EXACTLY. I was reminded by a friend that the Lord has favor in weddings and marriages because if we recall, Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding. In my human flesh I was not sure how I could even have a miracle happen to me because our need was too great.
But I began to pray. My prayers became bolder as I allowed myself to speak the impossible, and ask the Lord to provide these specific needs.One by one, the Lord provided money, opportunities, and even kind people who wanted to gift us. Right before the wedding, my coordinator called to tell me that our caterer wanted to use China place settings at no cost to us at all. I didn’t think much about it but a friend revealed to me that the Lord was preparing a feast at our wedding and was so kind to us to provide the finest place settings.
The wedding was a glimpse of heaven and an opportunity to experience the Lord’s nearness. This wedding should not have come together as it did. But in this Psalm, it reminds us that the Lord steadies us and “[He] multiplied, [his] wondrous deeds and thoughts toward us, none can compare.”
He made a way when there was no way, and I will gladly rejoice in His provision and deliverance. I recognized that the Lord’s capability and ability is far greater than my own. He is loving and comforting, simply wanting us to not work so hard to achieve. Yet, we must show up. We must show up to the battle, equipped to fight, but allow the Lord to fight this battle. Whatever war is in front of you is not yours to fight. Simply show up and experience the Lord’s deliverance.
“O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”
What I know to be true of the Lord is that He listens. He sees us in our need and in our weakness. He jumps at the sight of our distress and is waiting for His children to come nestle up in His pocket. The moment we give Him the opportunity to care for us, He comes in abundantly and lavishly cares in far greater ways than we are even capable of doing for ourselves.
My hope is that as we go on through the Psalms, that the Lord will give us an arsenal of fiery darts through His word that will enable us to declare truth. May we be a generation that is prepared and equipped with the armor of the word and our greatest weapon- the sword of the Spirit.
This week, I challenge you:
Allow the Lord to fight for you.
What are some areas in your life that you are resisting?
Acknowledge the areas in your life that the Lord has delivered you and placed you on solid foundation.
Recall a time in which you cried to the Lord and He answered you.
Photos by: Jodi Palmer
Photo One: Israel// Negev Desert// Israelites wandered for 40 years
Photo Two: Israel// Nazareth// Jesus hometown where threatened to be pushed off the cliff and somehow Jesus escaped
Photo Three: Israel// Caesarea Maritima, a palace of Herod