“I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.”

Psalm 40:1

Do you ever get to the point where you ready to just check out, things are hitting you from every direction, and you are at your wits end? Life runs at a fast pace these days and it is easy to get overly stressed or emotionally burned out.

We can get a better handle on emotional burnout if we understand that God hears our cries for help. This Psalm was written by David most likely during the time of his son Absalom’s rebellion. This was a very trying time for David and he was emotionally burned out. Even when he was delivered from the hand of his son, David was hurt, and burned out.

One of the things that David learned throughout his life was that he could count on God. God did not remove him or shield him from problems, but God was there to help him through it. And so David tells us in this verse that he waited patiently for the Lord.

When we are hurting we can cry out to the Lord because He hears us. The struggle we have many times is that we do not think God is listening to us because we are not seeing the action and outcome we want in a given situation.

David said, he waited patiently in other words, he was solely depending on God’s help. To wait denotes a confident trust or faith in the Lord The key is that we need to understand the word ‘patience’ is a tough pill to swallow especially when we are feeling burned out. Our verse also says “he inclined to me and heard my cry.”

The phrase “he inclined to me” denotes one leaning forward to catch a faint distant sound. It pictures the Creator of all stooping from His throne to save the helpless. In other words, God is leaning out listening for our pleas and cries. David was in what looked to be a hopeless situation but he still called out to God and he waited patiently on God, knowing that God would hear his cry for help.

Friends, would you do same today? Cry out to Him for help and wait patiently for His answer and deliverance?

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