“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.”
Psalms 40:1-3 NKJV
Life is filled with missteps, times when the best laid plans go awry, and we have found ourselves stuck, knee deep in the mire, and unable to move. It is in these times that we call out God, for Him to deliver us. All too often we get out of the mire, clean ourselves off, and within one step, find ourselves right back in it, once again calling out to the Lord.
It is in this aspect of human life, that I am grateful for the grace of God, and His ability to save to the uttermost. The great salvation that Jesus has provided, not only justifies us, but provides for us to grow and sin less. We move toward Christlikeness, becoming saved in the long term, or sanctified, as the Lord transforms us.
As I read one of my favorite Psalms in chapter 40, I was reminded of the Lord’s never-ending work. I cry out to Him in my sin, He hears and responds by delivering me. He does not just pull me out of the mire, but He places me on a rock, a clean place, and then establishes my steps.
I wish I could say that I do not find myself still slipping in the mud, from time to time, but I can say that I have found myself in it less. What I have noticed, is that I mourn more over the stumbling, tired of falling, and looking forward to the time when I will never sin again. I have an increasing desire for the ultimate salvation, when I will be changed, glorified, for all eternity. There will be no more sin, no more pain, no more death, no more darkness, only the light of the Father and the Son.
“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 22:3-5 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us glory in the One who establishes our steps, who has provided us the Rock on which we stand. Because of Him we have been freed from the mire, and more importantly, freed from the condemnation of it. By God grace, I can get up after I have fallen, have the hope of falling less, and knowing that one day, I will never fall again.
Let us open our hearts to the Father, knowing that He is for us. Let us confess our sins, keeping those accounts short. Let us draw close to Jesus, seeking Him in the pages of His word. It is by the word and the Spirit that our lives are transformed. It is in establishing those holy habits, that we see the miry clay transformed into solid rock.
We are living in a world that is mired in the sin of Adam, and few are crying out to God. We are messengers, going forth to exalt the Lord, proclaiming the blessings of trusting in Him.
“Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.”
Psalms 40:4-5 NKJV
“I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O Lord, You Yourself know.”
Psalms 40:9 NKJV
The people who do not know the Lord, need to see those who have been delivered to solid ground, and know that there is a different way to live.
Have a blessed, yet frigid Friday!