How Much Longer in the Pit?

Psalm 40:2 “He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.”

 

As I have read through Psalm 40, I keep getting drawn back to verse 2.  The whole passage tells of a journey that David went through.  David talks about how God put a new song in his heart, showed him great works and plans, and delivered him from all sorts of conflict.  The thing I did not get was, how could God could rescue David out of his pits, and yet, I feel like he leaves me in the Pit?

While I have had a pretty good life, I, like many others, have faced trials and their own pits.  Most recently, I have been sitting in my own little pit.  I have been dealing with my parents and their illnesses and hospitalizations, the death of a good friend of mine, the stress of moving in to a new house during the school year, and the stresses of dealing with teenagers on a regular basis.  It seemed like it would never end.  I would read Psalm 40 and it would frustrate me.  Why would God leave me here while I cried out to Him?  Then I went back and read Psalm 40 again.

You see, I always talk to my students about the importance of taking scripture in context.  It is never good to pull out pieces of scripture without taking the whole passage to really get it.  When I read the whole passage, I realized, while sitting in my pit, that the first verse is written first for a reason.  In Psalm 40:1, David said that he waited PATIENTLY.  Wow, I really missed it.  When you read Psalm 40 as a complete passage, you understand that David’s patience really paid off.  He was allowed in the pit.  While there, he learned that if He just waited on God, God will set everything right.  The new song? The secure steps? These came from David waiting on God.  Now, I need to apply this lesson to my own life.

I waited patiently for God, at least as patient as I can.  Guess what?  Things began to change.  My parents still have health issues, but the big concerns have been taken care of.  I still hurt over the death of my friend, but I realized that the death was not the big issue, it was her life that mattered.  She is hanging out with Jesus today, I still believe that some very special people will come to know Christ because of the life she lived.  God has truly blessed me with an amazing house.Even though it was a nightmare to get in to, it really is the home my wife and I have dreamed of for years.  As far as youth group goes, things are amazing.  We have a new look, some new kids, and we are beginning to move in the direction I believe that God wants us to go.  No, life is not perfect, and God does not promise us an easy life, but He does promise to take care of us, hear our cries for help, and set our feet back on solid ground.  All we have to do is wait for His timing.

Pastor Derrick