All of us, at some point in our lives, will be praying for breakthrough. We’ll need cycles to be broken, unhelpful behaviours and thoughts uprooted and changed, and help moving on from things that have been said and done to us. Sometimes that breakthrough can come through talking to others and seeking professional help. Other times, it’s only God who can bring about that breakthrough we need. In Psalm 40, David begins by telling us how God brought breakthrough in his life. He speaks of God turning to him, hearing his cry, and lifting him up out of the circumstances he was in. But right at the beginning, he says: ‘I waited patiently for the Lord’ (v.1 NIV). Sometimes our breakthrough doesn’t come when we want it to. Maybe we’ve been praying for breakthrough for a long time, and we’re tempted to give up. These words from David remind us that sometimes we have to wait patiently for God to bring about change, it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t hear us or doesn’t care. He just has His own timing and His own ways (take a look at Isaiah 55:8-9), and we won’t always understand them. When God lifted David, He placed him on a rock, which David said gave him ‘a firm place to stand’. When God brings breakthrough in our lives, He puts us back on a firm foundation – Him. We have to stand on the truth we find in the Bible. Finally, David says: ‘Many will see and fear the Lordand put their trust in him’ (v.3 NIV). Our breakthrough brings glory to God. It shows others what He can do, and how we can be transformed. When we share our story, it can bring hope to others who are waiting for their own breakthrough.
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