“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.”
You may have dug your own pit, or been thrown into it by another person, or you may have tripped on the circumstances of life and found yourself in a dark place with muddy sides that you can’t get out of on your own. You may have recently stumbled into this pit, or you may have been there most of your life and have it decorated so you can settle in. However you got there, no matter what your pit looks like, you don’t have to stay stuck! Forgiveness of others, God, and yourself will be the first step towards getting out of your pit. If you need help with this, seek out Godly counsel. Then comes the rest of Psalm 40. Look at verse 4 – “How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust….” Trust is the daily walking away from the pit and brings rejoicing and service. Trust that all that God allows into your life will be used for your good.
Joseph was thrown into a pit by his brothers, ended up in a pit of jail, but was able to say, “What Satan meant for evil, God has used for good.” What was this good? The salvation of his family and the whole of Egypt through a 7 year famine. It changed the course of history as Joseph’s advice allowed Egypt to buy up all the land in exchange for food for its citizens. And Joseph’s story goes on 6000 years later to reach many people with hope. Beth Moore says it this way, “You are a much neater person healed than you would have been well.” In other words, the things that you have been through have made you into the strong, beautiful person that you are today. With these times of trials and testing, you would not have deep roots and fortitude and faith and gentleness and patience, etc…
So “Get Out of That Pit!” Don’t stay there. Determine this day to do what you must to call upon the Lord for deliverance. (Beth Moore has a book called Get Out of That Pit. It is excellent.) The only way to see beyond your pit is to look up. God is there. Reach to Him. He will set your feet upon a rock and make your steps firm.