“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, out of the miry clay, 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.”—Psalm 40:1-3.
There are times in a Christian walk when the Believer finds himself deep down in an horrible pit. Whether it happens because of sin, illness, financial woes, the condition of the world or a multitude of other reasons, the person suffers from a myriad of spiritual and emotional turmoil. Perhaps it is a combination of these culprits or even all of them, nevertheless it leaves one with the feeling of desolation to the point that they feel forsaken by God.
Plagued by self pity, depression and sorrow, one of the first things that tempts the flailing soul is whether to trust in self or to trust in God. Sadly many choose the former. Prayer and Scripture reading is forgotten and even church attendance suffers because of the circumstances thrust upon the backslidden saint. Floundering around in the mire and dirt, the bruised Christian neglects to look up to the hills from whence cometh their help. Psalm 121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help
Sadly, the tendency exists to blame God for the sad state of affairs that one finds themselves in. Psalm 10:1 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble Granted, God does allow testing to come into ones life, but it is up to the Believer as to the proper way to respond.
All the while that the Saint is wallowing in the mire of their afflictions, the Holy Spirit is wooing them back into the fold and prompting them to cry unto the Lord in their distress to deliver them out of their troubles. God never gives up on His sheep even if they give up on Him. He knows their foolishness and their sins are not hid from Him. Without calling upon the Heavenly Father to deliver them from their troublesome circumstances they continue to plunge deeper and deeper into despair.
Thankfully the Lord is patient and longsuffering and has promised that He will never leave of forsake His own. He continues to woo them until the day that they call upon Him to “turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged………..bring me out of my distresses and look upon my affliction and pain and forgive all my sins. And hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble. Thou knowest my foolishness and my sins are not hid from thee.
So great is our God………………………