Rescued From the Pit

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 40:2

Central Thought: God is able to rescue us from life’s most desperate situations.

Have you ever been swallowed up in a dark hole of despair and despondency? Did you need to be rescued from a desperate situation? David speaks about a “horrible pit,” a place of desolation and destruction; and the further metaphor of a “miry bog,” which depicts a place of horror and sinking helplessness (Psalm 40:2). Just like Paul’s thorn in the flesh, we do not have the details of the Psalmist’s wretched situation. Perhaps it resulted from a prolonged illness, reoccurring sin, or persistent temptation. It could have been almost any peril. He was desperate for God to intervene and rescue him.

A number of years ago, a distraught man wandered into our church building, asking to speak to the pastor. The secretary conversed with the man until the pastor returned. Immediately, his story of broken relationships, heartache, and failure came pouring out between desperate sobs. After several hours of prayer and counseling, the stranger knelt and asked Christ to become his savior. He later confessed:

“My life was in the deepest, darkest pit with no way out until the light of Jesus rescued me. I was driving down the street with a gun on the front seat of my truck, intending to end my life. I saw on the church’s sign, ‘God cares, we care.’ I decided to see if the people inside the church really meant what they put on their sign. That decision changed my life for eternity.”

What a contrast! Instead of slipping and falling, the one who is redeemed now finds his feet firmly planted on a sure foundation—a solid rock. His ways are established, and hope replaces the floundering despair. Just as the Israelites sang the song of the redeemed after they were delivered from the cruel hand of Pharaoh, David proclaimed that God has “put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God” (Psalm 40:3). This is the testimony of the soul set free from the pit of destruction.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, You see the hopeless situation that I am in. Only You, O Lord, have the power to rescue me from the hand of the enemy who seeks to destroy my soul. Pull me out of the muck of pity, the pit of despair, and set my feet on the solid rock—Christ Jesus. Give me a new song to sing—a song of the redeemed!

Further Readings: Job 16:1-19:29; I Corinthians 16:1-24; Psalm 40:1-10; Proverbs 22:1