In the mire

“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

In the mire

I can remember life in the miry pit of my own making, for it was dug by my best efforts, as I tried desperately to escape by my own power. Each foot fall, dug me deeper, and with each effort, I became all the more weak and unable to resist the gravity sucking me deeper and deeper into the muck.

I was trapped.

Somewhere in the midst of the all the effort, I began to cry out to God, for His power to deliver me. As a result of my cry, the Lord began to send people, including my mother, to give me constant reminders of the One who could deliver me from my self dug pit.

Then came the rescue.

One of the things about rescuing someone from a mired pit, is that those doing the rescuing get mud on them too. The pit that I was entrapped in was my sin, for I knew not the Lord. Even though I did not know Him, I desired to made clean. I knew that the things that I was doing were not appropriate, and I had set about trying to create in myself a virtue.

It took Jesus to rescue me from my pit of sin. In doing so, He had become sin for me and all the rest of the worlds sinners. He had taken on the mud, not of His own creation, that I be rescued.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
II Corinthians 5:17-21 NKJV

He brought me up out of the pit, and established me on a solid rock, that I be made a new creation. By His grace, Jesus reconciled me to God, that I be made an ambassador, taking the message of the Gospel to a world full of other people, hopelessly trapped in their own pits.

Through Him, I have a new song in my heart, unlike the old song that extolled the virtues of self, but a new one, where I, a hopeless sinner, have found hope in Jesus Christ.

As those who are rescued, we have been made spectacle for the cause of the Gospel, for we are no longer the person trapped in the mud, but people made clean, standing on a firm foundation that is Christ.

We do not spout the wisdom of the world, but the wisdom of God, from His Holy Word, complete and immutable. This new song, is in stark contrast to the melody of the world, but it comes by the power of the Holy Spirit, and does not come back void.

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11 NKJV

Brothers and sisters, let us remember that our Great God and Savior came to this earth to rescue us from the mire, and in doing so, He did the dirty work. There are many around us who have likewise found themselves in the mire, digging themselves deeper with every striving step. Let us tell them about Jesus, who rescued us.

He came and humbled Himself, not holding on to His rights as God, but laid those aside, to take on the humility of the flesh. He went to the cross, died a brutal death, to make payment for our sins. There was no other way.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭5‬-‭8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We have been saved to be a light to those trapped in darkness, struggling blindly against the mire. Let us reach down and offer the hand of God in the Gospel.

As we go through our lives, let us loudly rejoice in what the Lord has done. Let us not be shy.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
Psalms 34:1-8 NKJV

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