Out of the Slimy Pit!
Scripture reading for June 11th: Psalms 36-41
“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. Many will see and fear and put their trust in God.” (Psalm 40:1-3)
It is not easy to wait upon the Lord when you are in a slimy pit full of mud and mire. I don’t know about you, but I would want out, and fast! We are not told the location of this pit or exactly how the psalmist got into the pit, but we do know that he had been crying out to the Lord for help and mercy.
From the context of the psalm, David had gotten himself into this pit as a result of troubles and sins that had overtaken him. (Psalm 40:12) His last and only hope was help from God and David asked for that help unashamedly. He confessed that he was poor and needy and asked God to think of him. He confessed the Lord as his help and deliverer. He sought to worship the lord and honor Him by calling on Him for the help he desperately needed. (Psalm 40:17)
The last days will be times of suffering and difficulties for Christians. Some will fall away from the faith and be caught in slimy pits of their own making. This Psalm offers encouragement to us and a simple solution. Call upon the Lord! A simple cry to Him for help brought rescue to King David. God lifted him out of the mud and mire and set his feet upon a rock. He also put a new song in his mouth that lifted praise to God’s throne instead of the cry of misery! As the world watches and sees God’s deliverance, many others will be saved as well. Our trials and slimy pits can be a source of evangelism when we wait patiently and trust wholly in the Lord!