Discouraged? —Pray Psalm 40 (Pt. 2)
by Brenda Kuseski
Last week’s Prayer-Gram featured the first part of Kim Butts’ article in PrayerConnect Magazine on praying scripture to combat discouragement, using Psalm 40. The first phrase, “I waited patiently for the Lord,” causes us to place ourselves in a position of expectant waiting. The next phrases, “He inclined to me and heard my cry,” and “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,” are the beginning of God’s response to us. Here is the discussion of the rest of the passage:
Psalm 40:2b “He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.”
My Prayer: God of grace, after You pulled me up You put my feet on solid ground so I could walk without stumbling! You knew that I would need a firm foundation – a safe place to learn to walk securely and to dance with delight once again. Father, You helped me to find my balance when I was teetering on the edge of an abyss, for the pressure felt so great and the storm was vicious. But You held out Your hand to me in the midst of it all and rescued me from the temptation to despair…and set me where I could no longer be battered by the taunts and lies of the enemy. You stood me up on the Rock that is Christ Jesus!
Psalm 40:3a “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God…”
My Prayer: Holy Spirit, my joy was literally ebbing away until You rescued me and filled my mouth with fresh praises to the God of Glory! You have given me hope and peace and life once again. In the midst of my circumstances, You reminded me to keep my gaze fixed upon the Holy One. You’ve helped me to understand how to rejoice always, even when life seems brutally unfair. Please keep teaching me new songs moment by moment. Keep me focused upon Your word, for it is the sword that defeats the enemy. May I sing Your words back to You as a thank offering for all You have done to rescue me. (Nehemiah 9:5-6).
God has done all of these things SO THAT: Psalm 40:3b “Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.”
My Prayer: Lord, let others see that you have allowed me to walk through my circumstances in victory; let them be in awe of what my amazing Almighty God can do. Let them trust in a God who hear and help them when they cry out to Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This scripture doesn’t say that we are to be joyful for our difficult and painful circumstances, but it does say we are to be joyful, prayerful, and thankful in the midst of them. God will use your most devastating circumstances to bring glory to Himself through you! Your prayers can be the very thing that rescues others from the pit as well. Stand firm and “Wait patiently for the Lord.” He is there and just waiting for you to recognize His presence in the midst of your trials. Trust Him to bend down to listen and hear your desperation so that He can hold out His hand to You and show You His faithfulness. And then…don’t keep His rescue a secret! Give Him praise and the glory so that “many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.” --Adapted