Week of September 2
Out of the Pit
by Skip Heitzig
Last year, 33 gold miners in Chile were trapped 700 meters underground for over two months after a cave-in blocked their way out. Early rescue attempts failed, and when they finally emerged after 69 days, it made international news.
Before you met Jesus Christ, your situation was just like those miners—buried under a load of sin, with no way to get out by your own power. David paints a vivid picture of this in Psalm 40. “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord” (vv. 1-3).
Those verses describe what God will do in the life of every individual who comes to Him.
“...He inclined to me, and heard my cry...” God leaned toward you to hear. He listened.
“...brought me up out of a horrible pit...” The New International Version calls it a “slimy pit,” and I like that. That’s your past. When you look back, all you have to glory in is a slimy pit. Paul said, “I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing” (Romans 7:18). You were without hope, but He lifted you up.
“...set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps...” After God delivered you out of the miry clay of sin, He set you upon a solid foundation. He gave you stability. He gave you direction and a goal for your life.
“...put a new song in my mouth...” And you who have a relationship with the Lord know what that’s like, that new song of worship and praise because God delivered you. It’s something you’re eternally grateful for.
“...many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord...” That’s what the Lord does when he changes a life. He makes it so obvious to the world that they see and they marvel. And many of them will trust in the Lord because they see the changed life. They think, “He was so messed up, but now he’s got a song. He’s got direction and purpose. I want to know the kind of God who can change lives like that.”
So, all of us who have been saved out of that slimy pit, let’s make this our new song: “Let such as love Your salvation say continually, ‘The Lord be magnified!’” (v. 16).
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