The Best Way to Get Out of that Pit – Link Party

When you're in that dark dank pit with your feet stuck in the muck, it's really hard to see a way out. But look up at wait . . . help is on the way.

Have you ever found yourself in a pit of despair?

Yeah, me too.

It stinks.

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

When you're in that dark dank pit with your feet stuck in the muck, it's really hard to see a way out. But look up at wait . . . help is on the way.

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?

 So…

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

Counting My Blessings

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!

Deb Wolf
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Feature Post

I’m excited to share the following posts with you this week.

While We Wait (Three Things We Can Do)

by Laura Rath

Journey in Faith

While We Wait - Laura Rath

and

Let Me Be Real

by Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

Let Me Be Real - Christine Duncan

Thank you, Laura and Christine, for partying with us!

No More Rules Link Party

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16 comments

  1. Michele Morin
    Twitter:
    says:

    I applaud your new blogging schedule. I’ve fiddled around with all kinds of approaches (all exhausting) and have settled on twice a week — book review on Tuesday and “other” on Thursday. Of course this regularly gets meddled with by the requirements of guest posts or sometimes publishers’ requests, but posting less often is definitely a plus if you want to have any time at all to visit other people’s sites — and do laundry. And thanks for this reflection on Psalm 40. I always smile at his “I waited patiently for the Lord” and then his “Hurry up, Lord” in verse 17. He prays like I do!
    Michele Morin recently posted..Till We Have Faces (6): The Demands of a Ravenous LoveMy Profile

  2. Ifeoma Samuel says:

    Oh, Deb I completely get this…sometimes you need to close your computer and go take a deep sleep :). I am running a 14 days series and boy, it is tasking.
    But it is a commitment and I am asking the Lord to help me finish the task. I am half way through though. After this I would settle back to once or twice a week. Any extra would be based on time 😉

    Yes the best way out of a pit is asking God to lift you out of it!
    Hugs and Many Blessings to you
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  3. Martha Orlando
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    says:

    Trusting in God to lift me out of this pit of recurring pain. I will look up, wait, and know He will give me a new song of praise to sing.
    Deb, I think it is wise to step back from the blogging frequency. Do you know I posted daily for a year??? I don’t know how I managed that except that God was urging me on. I so enjoy the relaxed pace of posting only twice a week, and it does afford me more time to visit with others.
    Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Share the Love!My Profile

  4. Joan
    Twitter:
    says:

    Mud and mire…when I think of that I realize that it is just like how I have felt when in a trial. Stuck… and sinking. David described it perfectly, didn’t He? However, I am so grateful for the solid ground that God places us on! I am learning to look to Him when I’m suffering. When I do, I feel His comfort through the peace that He gives me. It can be a tricky thing to learn, because I think we all tend to hang onto our sorrows as if we think if we by letting them go we are letting go of part of ourselves. But, He wants us to live. He doesn’t want us to be in a continual state of suffering. I refuse to be stuck in the mud anymore! I am remembering to always, always turn to Him! Thanks for sharing, Deb!

  5. Lisa notes
    Twitter:
    says:

    I understand you wanting to change your schedule a bit, Deb. It’s hard for me to visit around like I want to as well…until I write less myself. Writing and reading can be such a tricky balance. Thanks for continuing with the link party!
    Lisa notes recently posted..This Is Not FairMy Profile

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