Pitiful Pits of Despair


Psalm 40:2

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.

There is power enough in God to help the weakest and grace enough to help the unworthiest of all who trust in him.

In the above quoted scripture passage the psalmist waited patiently- he continued believing, hoping, and praying.

Many that profess Christ stumble and fall away when they get hit with various trials. If you are going to persevere with Christ, you must know in advance that you will face times when you are in the pit and you must know what to do when you are there. Rather than turning away from the Lord, you must turn to him to rescue you from life’s pits.

A. What is a pit? A pit is any number of life’s trials. Your pit could be poor health, job loss, former friends that turn against you, an unfaithful mate, rebellious children, or any other overwhelming problem.

B. When you’re in a pit, you will be tempted to turn to sin to get out of the pit. When your in the pit, it is very easy, even if you profess trust in the Lord, to grab onto any seeming way of escape, even if it means compromising your faith.

C. The way out of the pit is to intently wait on the Lord. David says (Psalm 40:1), “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me and heard my cry.”

But what does it mean to wait in the Lord?

1. Waiting in the Lord means to cry out to him for deliverance. God’s timing is perfect. God’s timing doesn’t often coincide with our timing. When you are in a pit you have a huge sense of urgency. “Good Sinners” may admit that they need a little assistance now and then, but they don’t need a savior. You don’t need a savior unless you are at the bottom of a slimy pit. Because our tendency even after our salvation is to think we can save ourselves.

2. Waiting on the Lord means trusting him alone. This means, “Lord you are my only hope for deliverance.” Waiting on the Lord is an active crying out to the Lord trusting him to answer because of his love and compassion.

3. Waiting on the Lord means obeying him. “I delight to do your will oh my God; your law is within my heart”. The application for us when we are in a pit, we must focus on continuing to obey the Lord, even if he does not deliver us quickly. The devil will tempt us to give up on trusting the Lord and to seek fulfillment in other ways.

4. Waiting on the Lord means seeking him. If you are genuinely seeking the Lord and not just for deliverance from your pit, you won’t forget about God after he delivers you. Sadly, many use God like a genie in a bottle and put him back on the shelf when they get what they want.

5. Waiting in the Lord means rejoicing in him. Scriptures tell us when we “delight yourself in the Lord and he shall give you the deepest desires of your heart” (Psalm37:4)