When Waiting Means Loss: Find Hope in a New Song

When Waiting Means Loss: Find Hope in a New Song

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on 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.

{PSALM 40:1-3a}

My husband and I had been married just four years when our family was shaken by the sudden death of his younger brother. This tragic loss had rattled us to the core. In our grief, we prayed for restoration within our family. We prayed about our legacy and wanted to start a family of our own. After more than two years of doctor visits, we began to pursue infertility treatments when we were surprised with our first pregnancy.

However, by eight weeks gestation I was showing signs of a miscarriage. It became evident that we would lose the pregnancy. One day, I cried out to the Lord expressing my fear of having to cope with more loss in our marriage. My heart was anguished, yet I felt God’s comfort surrounding me. Within my spirit I sensed that still, small voice, as if to say: I would indeed experience the loss, but my hope was in the Lord. It seemed God in his mercy was preparing me for the journey.

Later that week, we attended church like so many Sundays before. We did not know it at the time, but a musical guest was there on divine appointment. Her song delivered a special message for us in our moment of need. The musician had chosen lyrics from Psalm 40a song of waiting. It gave me hope for my new song and the promise of being restored.



Read the verse for today:  PSALM 40:1 (NIV)

Look up today’s verse. Have a pen and paper ready.

  1. Write down the Bible verse.
  2. Find the key word and circle it.
  3. Look up the definition of the word (notice how it is used in context).
  4. If you are reading from a different translation of the Bible, which word is used instead?
  5. Underline where you find a promise. Find the heart of this verse and mark it with a heart shape.

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What does this verse reveal about God’s heart? How does this truth refresh your soul? Turn this into your prayer today.

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