Have you ever found yourself in a pit of despair?
Yeah, me too.
But when you’re in that dark dank place with your feet stuck in the muck, it’s really hard to see a way out.
That’s the reason Psalm 40 is one of my favorites.
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what He has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord. v. 1–3
Okay, so maybe I don’t always wait patiently. There can be a lot of crying going on…
But look at verse one – the Lord turned to me and heard my cry.
David also wrote – You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book. Psalm 56:8
The Lord is not just an observer of our pain. He takes it into account like a loving parent. He cares. He remembers. And He acts…
The Lord reaches down and lifts you and me out of the pit.
Did you notice that we don’t have to do anything but look up and wait? He does all the lifting.
Then He puts us back on solid ground, shows us the way to go, and gives us a song to sing . . . so we can tell everyone of the great things He has done for us.
You can tell David has lived some life when he wrote this Psalm because just a few verses later he wrote:
Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
For troubles surround me—
too many to count!
My sins pile up so high
I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head.
I have lost all courage. v. 11–12
Yep, life happens. And the truth is I might slip into another pit. In all honesty, I occasionally slip back into my old pit. It’s deep and full of memories that draw me back.
And sin, yeah . . . that too. Like Paul wrote – I don’t want to fail, but I still do.
But then there are these last two verses of Psalm 40:
But may all who search for You
be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”
As for me, since I am poor and needy,
let the Lord keep me in His thoughts.
You are my helper and my savior.
O my God, do not delay. v. 16–17
So we can go back to back to the beginning, where you and I…
Wait patiently for the Lord to lift us out of our pit once again with a promise to put a spring in our step and give us another new song to sing.
And that’s why we tell our stories, isn’t it?
Many will see what He has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
If you’re stuck in a pit at the moment, look up . . . the Lord will deliver you and show you the way to go so you can tell the wonderful things He does and encourage other pit dwellers to wait, look up, and put their trust in Him.
Faith ‘n Friends Fridays
Friends, I’m making a change to my Friday post. When I started blogging I wrote 5 shorts posts a week. Whew!
For the past two years, I’ve written three longer ones and I’ve discovered that between writing and sharing on social media I have no time for a life. I also have little time to come and visit all of you, my friends. (Although, I do visit everyone through the link party each week.)
So, going forward . . . well, at least until I change my mind again. I’m going to write my usual posts on Mondays and Wednesdays with a shorter devotion on Fridays to go with the Link Party.
I’m excited. This will give me more time throughout the week to come over and visit you in your corner of the blogosphere. Who knows, I might even have time to get out of the house and play a little.
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of you. You bless me and make this passion I have for sharing my love for the Lord one of my very best blessings.
Now it’s time for…
Faith ‘n Friends Link Party
I’m so glad you’re here!
This is a place to share faith, make friends, and have fun.
I’d love to connect with you on social media!
I’m excited to share the following posts with you this week.
by Laura Rath
@ Journey in Faith
by Christine Duncan
@ Precepts & Life Preservers
Thank you, Laura and Christine, for partying with us!
No More Rules Link Party
Add 1-2 of your favorite faith/life posts.
Then just make friends and have fun.
I would really appreciate it if you would
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May your week be blessed with faith, love, and friendship!
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