Advent Devotional - December 4

December 28, 2021

Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, 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. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.


In this psalm, David recounts a time of helplessness when he “waited patiently for the Lord.”  The Hebrew verb of verse 1 translates to an ‘enduring wait’ – one that is not passive but is, instead, active, intentional, and demanding of patience.  The wait is difficult, but deliberate.  Throughout, David’s trust in God never wavers.  He turns to God with confidence and expectancy. And he waits….

Then God leans down, perhaps like a parent to a child, and listens.  Isn’t that a striking image?  God leans down.  He hears and answers David’s plea.  What amazing grace is this that the God of all creation leans down to answer our cries!  What amazing grace is this that He restores our feet to solid ground!  What amazing grace is this that He sends Emmanuel to deliver us!  Let us sing a song of praise.


Lord, in this Advent season let me wait actively, intentionally, and patiently.  Help me turn to you, trusting and expectant.  Put a new song in my heart and let me sing songs of praise. 

about the author

Janelle Crays joined PHPC in 1990.  Over the years, her involvement has included active participation in the Sanctuary Choir, teaching Sunday School, leading worship as a liturgist, and serving on a variety of committees.  She currently chairs the Worship Council, serves on the Finance Committee, and is an active Elder.  

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