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 him.
What do you do when the results of your sin deliver you into a “slimy pit”? Where do you go for relief from “the mud and mire” of self-inflicted wounds? While the specifics of this psalm are not known, we do know that David asked to be rescued from his own sin (Psalm 40:12).
Sometimes our arrogance or ignorance causes us to conclude that God will not be around in difficult situations of our own making. We hear God saying, “You made your bed; now lie in it.” But God is not the one who causes those words to rattle in our heads. Even when our backs are turned on Him, He turns to us. Even when we distance ourselves, He still hears our cry for help. Our Father responds to the needs of His children.
He lifts us out of sin’s slippery places and puts us on a rock of forgiveness and restoration so that we can stand firm. He replaces our cries for help with a new song, a “hymn of praise.” God’s work in our lives causes onlookers to “see” what He has done, “fear” His mighty power, and “put their trust in the Lord.” Wait patiently for the Lord. Help is on the way!
Father, thank You for coming to my aid even when I cry out to You from the pit of sin-inflicted situations. Thank You for forgiveness and restoration. Thank You for firm footing that allows me to return to the journey of obedience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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