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 the LORD and put their trust in him. – Psalm 40:1-3
It is reported that the late Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis, once said to his frustrated, impatient daughter, “My dear, if you would only recognise that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.”
One of the things I love about the psalms is that they show us patterns of life that all people will go through. Despite being writing thousands of years ago, their relevance is as fresh as ever. They encourage us that the problems we face are not new and they give us guidance how to remain faithful in spite of our circumstances.
We have all experienced the ups and downs of life. This psalm expressed this as being stuck in the pits and getting out again. In the first half (40:1-10), David tells how God got him out of one pit, and he sings God’s praise for doing so. It is evident from the second half of the psalm (40:11-17) that David has found himself is in another pit, crying out to the Lord once again to get him out.
We all face different kinds of pits. Maybe your pit is ill health, unemployment, debt, a friend who has hurt you, an unfaithful spouse or wayward children. Sometimes we are responsible for our pit. Sometimes our actions dig the hole, and we jump right in. But other times, we may be a victim of the sins of others or a fallen world. David’s condition in the second pit seemed to be a combination of both. He acknowledges his many sins (40:12). Maybe a past sin had come back to haunt him.
So what do we do we find ourselves stuck in a pit? We wait patiently for the LORD, with confidence that He will hear our cry. God is always faithful to those who call out to Him. Let us then call out to Him this day.