Worth the Wait | Psalm 40

bible journaling worth the wait entry by Bailey Jean Robert | Psalm 40

bible journaling worth the wait entry by Bailey Jean Robert | Psalm 40

When you’re in a season of waiting, it is important to surround yourself with encouraging people and messages. In the darkest nights and hardest times, I there are certain gal pals I can text, scripture I can quote, and worship music I put on repeat. All of these are gifts from the Lord, and He is ready and willing to draw near in those hard moments.

Over the past two years, there has been one song in particular that washes over my soul bringing a breath of fresh air, and I wanted to take some time to share that with you and document this part of my season in the Bible. Bethany Dillon was a favorite worship artist from my high school years, and one day an unfamiliar song came over the speakers and turned me into a puddle of tears.

bible journaling worth the wait entry by Bailey Jean Robert | Psalm 40
“To Those Who Wait” goes a little something like this:

I am waiting on You,
I am waiting on You.
You say You’re good to those who wait.
My heart’s discouraged,
So I come to you expectant.
You say You’re Good to those who wait.

Lord, today You know what I need to do,
But You can do more in my waiting than in my doing I could do.
So I won’t run anymore.
I’m waiting on You.

Oh, wretched man that I am!
Free me from my distractions.
You say You’re good to those who wait.
The confession and repentance
Find me in the Quiet.
You say You’re good to those who wait.
Now I know You’re good to those who wait.

bible journaling worth the wait entry by Bailey Jean Robert | Psalm 40

Oh, my soul.
Wait upon the Lord.
Keep your lamp filled with oil.
Be not deceived!
Wait for Him.
Don’t be quick to leave.

Lord, today You know what I need to do,
But You can do more in my waiting than in my doing I could do.
So I won’t run anymore.
I’m waiting on You.

This song immediately reminded me of the verses in Psalm 40. The Psalms are songs penned by King David, and I love the way he is so honest about how he is feeling, both the highs and the lows. In Psalm 40 (The Message), he writes:

“I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened. He lifts doe out of the ditch, pulled me from deep mud. He stood me up on a solid rock to make sure I wouldn’t slip. He taught me how to sing the latest God-song, a praise-song to our God. More and more people are seeing this: they enter the mystery, abandoning themselves to God.”

There is definitely an element of mystery to following the Lord, and in the waiting seasons it is easy to feel deep in the mud of it. But He is there and He is at work! He can do far more in our surrendered, expectant waiting than in our most striving and straining doing.

bible journaling worth the wait entry by Bailey Jean Robert | Psalm 40

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