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Pearls of the Kingdom 6/12/24

fter the word I had shared this past Sunday, I find myself looking deeper into this portion of scripture. I guess if I were thinking of a sermon title it would be something like, “From The Pit to Praise.”

Psalm 40:1-3 “{To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit (pit of despair, pit of destruction), out of the miry clay (mud and mire, miry blog) and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”

Looking at this there were a few suggestions to its meaning.

1.    Was this reference to some trouble or calamity in David’s own life?

2.    Was the psalm designed to refer wholly to the Messiah, and to be descriptive of his sufferings?

3.    Was this making reference to a sinner saved by grace?

For today, can we consider that David was speaking to a time of trouble in his life? As David shares his story, can there be any application for my own life?

David begins with waiting on the Lord. Even more so, “Patiently” waiting on the Lord as he has sent out a prayer, a cry for help. We are given no time frame on how long David has been waiting. He has this assurance that the Lord has inclined (bending down to hear) and that the Lord has heard his cry for help. Now he must wait and he waits patiently. Not sure about you but when I am in trouble waiting patiently is more like waiting impatiently. Like hurry up and get me out of this.

Next, David shares with us his current situation and circumstance. He gives no clear understanding, what occasion has brought him to this place, a pit of despair. Was it depression, guilt of some sin in his life, feeling of fear, calamity. Facing trouble in his life by those around him who may have been plotting his destruction, death.

No matter what the cause, for David it was like being in a “pit,” a “horrible pit” of despair and hopelessness. Stuck in a slippery, muddy place unable to climb out on his own. The more he attempts to climb out the deeper he sinks into the miry clay beneath. Facing the thought of certain destruction (death). 

Some important words that he uses to help describe his situation fuller:

* Horrible: sound of roaring waters, rumbling, noise, riotous

* Pit: cistern, well

* Clay: mud, mire,

Psa 69:2 (NLT) Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me.

Quick thought on this word “horrible.” I find this very interesting as it speaks to a noise like rumbling, roaring waters. There was a further reference to the noise being like a large number of warriors, men of war. Their shouts and the clanging of their arms of battle.  I can picture the enemy as they shout of their pending victory and how those shouts flow down to the bottom of the pit like “roaring waters." Perhaps that is what David was feeling. His enemies shouts of their pending victory and his destruction were overwhelming for him. 

Next we learn that the Lord rescues David from this “horrible” miry, muddy pit. Not only rescued, but he is also set upon solid footing, upon the rock. There has come a definite change in David’s situation and circumstance. No longer on slippery ground but on solid ground where he is able to walk in the way that God leads him.

Psa 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”

David is not done yet. There is a new song coming forth. He must sing, declare the mighty works of his Lord. This new song, that praise would go out and touch others around him so that they would fear and trust in the Lord. 

Sense I wanted to encourage you today if you have been waiting. Waiting on Jesus to rescue you from your “horrible” pit. Understanding that waiting is not easy, can be difficult, tiring, overwhelming when your “stuck” and unable to climb out of this pit on your own. Trusting and waiting for the only one who can rescue you.

May you be encouraged today through David’s story, knowing Jesus hears your cry for help. Over time, perhaps you have grown weary and tired from the struggles of being in this pit. Jesus is not distant, but bends His ear to hear. I sense even in your weakest of times, He can hear even your weakest voice, cries for help. In time, at the right time He is more that able to rescue you. Snatch you up and out of the deepest, darkest pit. Not only does He rescue you, but sets you upon sure footing, foundation, upon the rock and establishes your coming and goings. Dear friends, remember; let a new song arise of the goodness, compassion, mercy of your God. Let others know, so that they also may fear and trust God. 

Pastor Jeff

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