Mrs. Lincy Issac W/O of Rev. Issac Kurien St. John’s MTC, NY
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire”
Psalm 40 is a celebration of God’s great goodness to David and all his people. He praises God for delivering him out of deep distress. David here mentions that to receive answer for ones prayers, we need to wait patiently. Through this Psalm, David recollects his experiences and witnesses that God was with him in all the dangers. He affirms that God, who was with him, will be with all who patiently wait for God’s intervention. From this Psalm, I would like to share three points that David experienced in his life from God. He introduces a God who Lifted Him, Located Him and Lead Him.
David was in deep distress and could not live without the help of someone else. In v.2 he explains that he was in a slimy pit condition. Being in the slimy pit is dangerous. If someone who is trapped in it and tries to come out, the more he struggles to come out, the deeper and deeper he goes like trying to escape from quicksand. Here David experienced a great lift from God. To come out of the pit, it needs the strong hand and the whole weight of the other person. So, he says that God lifted Him from that pit.
Then he says that after lifting him from the slimy pit, God didn’t abandon him but located him on a strong Rock - from slippery ground to rocky condition. Rock is a symbol of firmness and strength. He witnesses that this God who located him is the strong rock.
Then David says that God steadied his walk. In other words he got a new companion who walks with him and upholds him when he stumbles. He lost his strength when he was in the slimy pit and he needs someone to lean on. Here David experienced that comfort and guidance from God Almighty. So, he proclaims a God who steadies his way and life.
Jesus said," I am the way, the truth and the life"(John 14:6). He is the one who places us on a strong rock. Without Him our life may fall into the slimy pit. Let us always hold the strong hand of God who will lift us and steady us in our time of need.
Gracious God, help us to wait patiently for Your intervention and to experience Your deliverance through Your hand. Amen.
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