I was worthless
Deeply sunk in sin
You saved me, Lord
Washed me clean.
I was greatly lost
Living in the dark
You redeemed me, Lord
Gave me a new heart.
I was in a horrible pit
Stuck in the miry clay
You brought me up, Lord
Saved me when I pray.
I was crushed
No hope to claim
You held me, Lord
Cleansed me from all shame.
I was down and out
Fallen and struck
You let me stand, Lord
Set me firmly on the rock.
What is your most horrible pit? The time in your life when everything covers in darkness and you feel like no one is near to rescue you from the rising tides of trials.
Joseph, the son of Israel (Jacob), had an encounter with a literal pit. His brothers who grew to hate him, threw him into a pit (Genesis 37:18-24). This was just one of the horrible pits in Joseph’s life. His own brothers wanted to take his life. They threw him into the pit and sold him to merchants.
We all experience “horrible pits” in life. Times when we feel helpless and abandoned. But we have to remember that God is the same God of Joseph who allowed him to be in the pit so he could be in the palace of the king to save many lives from famine. God is sovereign. Our horrible pits are just one of the places God lead us so we could experience His hand of salvation to deliver us and, in turn, make us a blessing to other people.
“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like me. I declare the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done. I say: My counsel will stand, and I will do all that I please.”– Isaiah 46:9-10 (WEB)
God can bring us out of our most horrible pit. And when He does, He does not leave us alone rising up from our fallen state. He helps us up and sets our feet firmly on a rock.
“I waited patiently for Yahweh. He turned to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay. He set my feet on a rock, and gave me a firm place to stand.”– Psalms 40:1-2 (WEB)
David’s salvation was God. God is our only salvation, too. We may have temporary relief and support from our friends and family, but all of these too come from the grace of God. God’s help pulling us up from the pits of life is one that is marked with peace, joy, and strength.
When we go to a river, we have to set our feet on huge rocks so as not to fall off. Big rocks anchor us and steady us.
That is how God rescues us from the horrible pits. Even when we find ourselves stuck up in the “mire” of life, there is hope in God. He brings us out of the pit and keeps us steadily standing on a rock so that we won’t fall off. God is greater, God is stronger than the miry troubles of life pulling us down.
Above all, God is our Rock. We remain steady and firm when we trust Him.