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Discover the Book May. 1, 2011

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Pathway To The Pits

Fleeing to Christ as our refuge works in no matter what spiritual, physical or emotional state we find ourselves in—throughout all of our lives. Today in Psalm 40 David confesses for the entire world to hear—that he has become stuck in the pits of life. And in this Psalm is his fleeing to the Lord for refuge.

If the Psalm stopped there it would be so valuable for us to learn from. We would see how David got there and how he was delivered by the Lord.

 But when you add to Psalm 40 the way that Christ and the apostles used this Psalm—now you have something very powerful.

The key to Psalm 40 is verses 6-8 because they are our Lord Jesus Christ's marching orders while here on Earth. Now that was not clear to us the reader, until the New Testament was written.

 Look for a moment at Psalm 40:6-86“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. 7 Then I said, Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”

And what was Christ's repeatedly stated goal throughout all of His earthly life? Listen to Him speak in the Gospel by John.

  1. John 4:34“Jesus said to them, My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”
  2. John 5:30“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
  3. John 6:38“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
  4. John 8:29“And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, forI always do those things that please Him.”

And what were Christ's last words of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane that prepared Him for the Cross?

  1. Luke 22:42saying,  “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; neverthelessnot My will, but Yours, be done.”

 David was told by the Spirit of God that this would be Christ's desire—and that is the desire that David embraced, even in the deepest pits of discouragement, depression, despair, and loneliness. 

  1. No matter what sin tripped him up—David said I want to do your will. I will obey. I will dedicate my self to do your will.
  2. No matter what emotion pushed him down—David said I want to do your will. I will obey. I will dedicate my self to do your will.
  3. No matter what dark thought pierced him through—David said I want to do your will. I will obey. I will dedicate my self to do your will.
  4. No matter what temptation to quit surrounded him—David said I want to do your will. I will obey. I will dedicate my self to do your will.

Is that where you are today? Even if you are in the pits—nothing can keep you there if you desire to do God’s will with all your heart.

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