SPIRIT WEEK Part 2: Patience

It’s SPIRIT WEEK Part 2 here on GUWG, where we’re continuing our look at each fruit of the Spirit.

Today’s featured fruit: PATIENCE.

Patience is one fruit that’s often missing from my basket. Here’s what most of my prayers on this topic sound like:

“Hurry up God and give me patience … NOW!”

Just in case you’re even a little bit like me, here are my all-time favorite anti-impatience verses. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you sloooooow down and read ’em patiently.

PSALM-O-RAMA: Wait

We conclude PSALM-O-RAMA 2015 with a selection from Psalm 40:

40

I waited patiently for the Lord,
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me up out of the slimy pit,
out of the muck and mire;
he set my feet upon a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.
(Psalm 40:1-3)

I love this Psalm. Each line reminds of what I should focus on daily.

Wait patiently for God. I need to walk with Him, not run ahead on my own.

He hears our cries. What an amazing thing that the creator of the universe listens to us.

He lifts us up out of our slime pits of sin and misery.

He sets our feet on a rock. He’s our firm foundation.

He gives us a new song of joy in our hearts.

How could anyone who sees God’s awesome transforming power at work in our lives not “fear and put their trust in the Lord“?

For a most excellent musical interpretation of this Psalm, I suggest you check out U2’s “40” from the album Under a Blood Red Sky. Lifts me up every time I hear it.

Bonus Factoid: Speaking of U2, what secret Bible message did they include on the cover of their album All That You Can’t Leave Behind (and what does it mean)? Tune in next week for the answer.

WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD