Psalm 40-A New Look

October 17, 2008 at 7:12 pm (Scripture References)

“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 40:1-3

Until today, when I have talked about and meditated on this verse, I always referenced the “slimy pit” to sin.  Today as I was encouraging someone, the Lord gave me new eyes…  The slimy pit doesn’t always have to be sin.   The slimy pit is anything that the devil uses to discourage us, paralyze us, and make us ineffective for the Lord’s work.

For me, my slimy pit usually relates to my physical body — in reference to my MS.  In the past, (don’t forget, I’m 49!) the slimy pit has meant different things — lack of confidence, money problems… you get the picture 🙂

I guess my encouragement for you today is to identify what your slimy pit is; don’t assume it is blatent sin.  After you identify it, cry out for help and start to climb out of it.  Of course, as the verses state, you will need the Lord’s help!! 

However, as I have always told my kids, once you climb out of the pit, don’t crawl back into it!!!


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