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1 I put all my hope in the LORD.
He leaned down to me;
he listened to my cry for help.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of death,
out of the mud and filth,
and set my feet on solid rock.
He steadied my legs.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise for our God.
Many people will learn of this and be amazed;
they will trust the LORD.
4 Those who put their trust in the LORD,
who pay no attention to the proud
or to those who follow lies,
are truly happy!
5 You, LORD my God!
You’ve done so many things—
your wonderful deeds and your plans for us—
no one can compare with you!
If I were to proclaim and talk about all of them,
they would be too numerous to count!
6 You don’t relish sacrifices or offerings;
you don’t require entirely burned offerings or compensation offerings—
but you have given me ears!
7 So I said, “Here I come!
I’m inscribed in the written scroll.
8 I want to do your will, my God.
Your Instruction is deep within me.”
9 I’ve told the good news of your righteousness
in the great assembly.
I didn’t hold anything back—
as you well know, LORD!
10 I didn’t keep your righteousness only to myself.
I declared your faithfulness and your salvation.
I didn’t hide your loyal love and trustworthiness
from the great assembly.
“I put ALL my hope in the LORD,” Psalm 40 said. We may think, “I put some hope (maybe a lot) in God. But there’s also my job, my family ties, my retirement account and….” So much (disease, accidents, earthquakes, severe weather) shows us how fragile many of the human possessions and activities we tend to put our hope in are. The psalmist said was folly to pay attention to “the proud” and “those who follow lies.” He called us to focus on and celebrate God’s wonderful deeds and plans.
Lord God, sometimes it’s hard for me to look beyond today’s circumstances, beyond even tomorrow’s problems. Keep teaching me how to focus on your wonderful deeds and your plans for me. Amen.
I am a big believer in the theology of Disney lyrics. Seriously. There is so much imagery for us in Disney characters and movies–about who God is and how God moves. Personally, Rafiki from The Lion King has been an example for me through the years of what a pastoral presence with people can look like. Helping them remember who they are calling them to live their truth-sounds pastoral to me.
As I considered the Psalm from this morning’s reading alongside some personal grief and loss I am feeling lately, the lyrics from “Do The Next Right Thing” from Frozen 2 came to mind. At this point in the story, Princess Anna is lost without her sister Elsa and grieving their relationship. The Psalmist has known a seeming absence of God–talk of a pit and despair. And yet, trusts so deeply in God’s salvation and light for their life. Princess Anna ends her song with these words: “So I’ll walk through this night, stumbling blindly toward the light. And do the next right thing. Then I’ll make the choice, to hear that voice. And do the next right thing.” (Click here to listen to the song. I highly recommend it.)
It will help you make sense of those times that we trick ourselves into thinking that God has abandoned us. I am reminded of Pastor Valerie’s powerful words from Ash Wednesday–God does not know how to be absent. It is my prayer for each of us that during this Lenten season we will trust in God’s salvation, even when things seem too dark, too hopeless…God will always be there as we walk towards the light and do the next right thing.
* Eugene H. Peterson. Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading (Kindle Locations 1048-1051). Kindle Edition.