"I waited patiently for the Lord … 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." – Psalm 40:1-3 NIV
David felt like he was in a “slimy pit,” as if he was bogged down in “mud and mire.” He cried out for stability and a “firm place to stand.”
All of us can relate to conditions like these. Our world is filled with slimy pits, mud, and mire! We think of disreputable salespeople, corrupt politicians, shifty lawyers, and crooks who prey on innocent people. At times, it can seem that no one can be trusted. Many people make promises they do not keep – even Christians and friends can be like this.
If we find ourselves in this midst of the slime, mud, and mire of life, we need to remember that God is our solid rock. If we turn to Him, He promises to hear our cry and lift us out of the slimy pit. He will give us stability. As David discovered, “He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” He will give our feet a firm foundation as well.
God also can put a new song in our mouths, a hymn of praise. And when He does this, “many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord” (v. 3).
We may have to wait patiently, but God is faithful. He is ready to give us firm ground when we place our trust in Him.
PrayerFather, free me from the slimy pits of the world. I cry to You. Grant me your stability, and lift me up. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingPsalm 40