Psalm 40: The Mud Psalm
I waited patiently for the Lord
King David is famous for many things;
patience is not one of them!
Psalm 40 tells a story
of a young David out in the wilderness with his troop of men
hiding from a crazed king, exploring the land.
Suddenly David stumbles into a swamp
sinking into mire
stuck in the mud
He cries out: Help me!
Then comes the waiting
trying not to struggle
slime rising up his legs
panic rising in his blood.
If you fight the mud it claims you
You must fight the fear and keep still
you have to be patient
all you can do is cry for help.
Here I am!
And help comes
friends come running
Extracting man from mud requires thought and planning
team work and tools
lest another too is lost.
Slowly, with strength and gentleness
David is pulled up and out
feet connect with rock
He has never been so grateful for solid ground.
He drew me up from the pit of tumult, out of the miry bog
and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God
Happy are those who trust in the Lord
David remembered that bog his life long
when enemies encircled, when stress threatened to overwhelm
For evils have encompassed me without number
my sins are more than the hairs on my head
my heart fails me
He remembered his cry for help
Save me, rescue me, oh please hurry!
He remembered the reality of help
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord knows me
You are my help and my deliverer
come quickly, O my God!
He remembered the bursting joy
Lord you have multiplied your love and your power
in us, for us, with us!
I will tell of all you have done
though time itself will run out before it is told
You are beyond compare!
I will sing of you
I will not hide your saving help within my heart
Everyone must know! Great is the Lord!
Psalm 40: Stuck in the swamp
I was stuck, stuck in mud
up to my knees in it, sinking down
Help! I yelled, Hurry!
and help came, strong hands
pulled me out to safety.
Solid ground never felt so good!
What a great God we serve!
You inspire new songs
you multiply your awesomeness!
I love to live your way,
your law is in my heart.