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He lifted me out of the slimy pit!

Scripture reading for June 11th: Psalm 36-41

Sometimes life’s circumstances overwhelm us.  Our situation and the battles we face dominate our thinking and depression takes us into a slimy pit.   I have been there myself!  Someone once told me,  “sober up–you are drunk on the circumstances!”  The psalmist recorded a personal battle where he was in a slimy pit!

King David was sick in body with festering wounds because of sin and guilt in his life.  He had back pain that penetrated his being. (Psalm 38:5-7)  He was feeble and crushed in anguish of heart.  People avoided him because of his wounds and there were those plotting his ruin.  His enemies hated him without reason and slandered him for his good works!  (Psalm 38:19-20)  He asked God not to forsake him and come quickly and help! (vs 21-22) (This sounds like Jesus!)

David stated in Psalm 40 that after patiently waiting on the Lord, God heard his cry and lifted him out of the slimy pit that held him.  He set David’s feet on a firm rock and put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise to God!   But this psalm ends with another humble prayer for help!  God’s help to David was an attitude change, not necessarily a change in circumstances!

When we are in the ‘slimy pit’, like David, we should tell the Lord how we feel.  Honest evaluation and casting our cares on Him is a good thing to do.   We should also confess our trust in the Lord. (Psalm 38:22. 40:17)   The psalmist could not help himself–he had to wait on the Lord patiently! (Psalm 38:15) (Psalm 40:1)  Even though he asked that the Lord come quickly, God’s time is not always the same as ours. (Psalm 38:22)  David sang a new song of praise before the rescue.  Praise and testimony of God’s goodness always blesses the Lord and then us!   Faith brings us courage to trust God for victory!  Action on the word of God begins our journey out of the slimy pits of life!  If necessary, give yourself a little slap to remember not to be drunk on your circumstances!

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Drunk on circumstances!

Scripture reading for June 11th: Psalm 36-41

Some people seem to be depressed all the time.  A cloud of heaviness hangs on their life and their conversations.  They can’t see anything positive or have hope for the future.  They recount their many problems and their attitude gets worse!   When I talk to someone like this, I sometimes ask them to take their open hand and slap their own face and say: “sober up–you are drunk on the circumstances!”

Psalm 38 recorded David’s time of depression and desperate circumstances.  David was sick in body with festering wounds because of sin and guilt in his life.  He had back pain that penetrated his being. (Psalm 38:5-7)  He was feeble and crushed in anguish of heart.  People avoided him because of his wounds and there were those plotting his ruin and destruction.  He had trouble hearing and speaking in response to those who hated him!  David called upon God to help him, and quickly!  (Psalm 38:22)

In Psalm 40, David stated that after patiently waiting on the Lord, He heard his cry and responded by lifting him out of the slimy pit that held him.  He set David’s feet on a firm rock and put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise to our God!  The man who trusts in the Lord will never be put to shame!

Some practical advice for dealing with depression and heaviness comes from these psalms.  First, David told the Lord exactly how he felt in body and soul.  Honest evaluation and casting all cares on God was David’s method.  Notice how the Psalmist always comes back to faith and belief in the Lord. (Psalm 38:22. 40:17)  Second, patience is necessary in trials.  The psalmist could not help himself–he had to wait on the Lord patiently! (Psalm 38:15) (Psalm 40:1)  Even though he asked that the Lord come quickly, God’s time is not always the same as ours. (Psalm 38:22)  Last, David sang a new song of praise after the rescue.

Praise opens heaven and takes our mind off the circumstances!   Even before the answer came, the psalmist was praising God!  Why not apply these truths today if you are in a pit?  God loves to save and deliver!  Action on the word of God always brings new life and opportunity to move out of the slimy pits of life!  If necessary, give yourself a little slap to remember not to get drunk on your circumstances!

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Miserable Comforters

Scripture reading for May 24th: Job 15-17

Have you ever gone to a doctor for a check up and gotten a bad report?  I talked with a person the other day who went to a doctor for help with a problem and after the tests were run, the trusted doctor told this person there was no hope.   The doctor suggested funeral arrangements and getting affairs in order to die!  The doctor was trying to share what he understood from the tests, but God always has the last word!  By the way, that was thirty years ago and this person is still going on in faith!

Job endured some similar attempts by friends to help him!  Job was told by his wife to curse God and die.   (Job2:9)   Job was told by his friends that he must have been involved in some terrible sin to be in the circumstances he was in.   At times, his own emotions brought him to depression and a desire to die. (Job 10:18-19)  Job cried out, “miserable comforters are you all!”  (Job 16:2b)  All of this was part of an attempt by Satan to get Job to deny his faith in God and give in to the circumstances and pressure of those who were judging him.

Deep inside, even though tormented by all these accusations, Job holds to his integrity.  He declares his hands free from violence and his prayer as pure.  (Job 16:16-22)  He knows that he has a witness in heaven who knows the truth and will plead with God for him.  He knows that his time on earth is short, but his cry has come before God.  Where did these thoughts come from?  What did Job see or hear in the natural that might have given this understanding?

God works on the inside of man by revelation.  He shows us through faith this unseen world that is more real, being eternal, than the temporary one we live in.  When we choose to place our trust in God, He enlightens the “eyes of our understanding” in the inner man.  We know that God is for us and that One intercedes for us today, Jesus Christ, the Righteous one!  (Romans 8:31-34)  The Spirit also helps us to pray and is our true comforter!  (Romans 8:26-27)  Though man may fail us, God is our comfort and strength!

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Drunk on the circumstances!

Scripture reading for June 11th: Psalm 36-41

Some people seem to be depressed all the time.  A heaviness and a cloud of negativism hangs on their life and their conversations.  They can’t seem to move into a positive attitude.  They seem to live in a pit that holds them in spiritual bondage.  They are oppressed and in need of deliverance!  When I talk to someone with this attitude, I sometimes tell them to take their open hand and slap their face and say to themselves, “sober up–you are drunk on the circumstances!”

David’s psalm 38 is such a record of depression and desperate circumstances.  David is sick in body with festering wounds because he has sin and guilt in his life.  He has back pain that penetrates his being. (Psalm 38:5-7)  He is feeble and crushed in anguish of heart.  People avoid him because of his wounds and there are those that are plotting his ruin and destruction.  He has trouble hearing and speaking in response to those who hate him!  God is called upon to help, and quickly!  (Psalm 38:22)

In Psalm 40, David states that after patiently waiting on the Lord, He heard his cry and responded by lifting him out of the slimy pit that held him.  He set David’s feet on a firm rock and put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise to our God!  The man who trusts in the Lord will never be put to shame!

Some practical advice for dealing with depression and heaviness comes from these psalms.  First, David told the Lord exactly how he felt in body and soul.  Honest evaluation and casting on the Lord all our cares is a good thing to do.  Notice how the Psalmist always comes back to faith and belief in the Lord. (Psalm 38:22. 40:17)  Second, patience is necessary in trials.  The psalmist could not help himself–he had to wait on the Lord patiently! (Psalm 38:15) (Psalm 40:1)  Even though he asked that the Lord come quickly, God’s time is not always the same as ours. (Psalm 38:22)  Last, David sang a new song of praise after the rescue.  Praise and testimony of God’s goodness and deliverance always blesses the one who does it and then blesses the Lord who came through!

Even before the answer came, the psalmist was praising God!  Why not apply these truths today if you are in a pit?  God loves to save and deliver!  Action on the word of God always brings new life and opportunity to move out of the slimy pits of life!  If necessary, give yourself a little slap to remember not to be drunk on your circumstances!

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