Today’s Devo comes from my coach Ernie Hinojosa today. I have been in the desolate pit before. We all have. In fact, in little while, I am going with some friends from our church to help someone take another step out of the pit they found themselves in. Maybe we can sing about it.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” (Psalm 40:3 NIV)
When the Lord lifts up out of the pit and miry clay, our song of praise, telling the world what The Lord has done, will be used to bring others closer to the Lord.
Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
These verses create for me a powerful mental picture. In verse 2 the writer (King David) describes a “desolate pit”. In other words, the writer had felt as though he was in a deep hole. One of my bible encyclopedias (or “commentaries”) tells me that David uses the same Hebrew phrasing as was written about Joseph in the book of Genesis when his brothers threw him in a “cistern” – left for dead. These same words were used to describe the place the prophet Jeremiah was left by his enemies to starve. These words are often used as well to describe “Sheol”, which is the realm of the dead.
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