Out of the Slimy Pit – Psalm 40:1-2

Psalm 40 – I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

It may not be very manly to admit it but there were many nights that I cried about my weight. During the waking hours I could hide and deny my problem but at night there was no one left to fool but myself and I knew my old tricks and lies. So I would feel sorry for myself and cry.

It wasn’t vanity or wanting to look good. I just didn’t want to be fat. I also didn’t want to hurt anymore. My back and knees hurt. I had gout. My blood pressure was up. My blood-sugar was up. My cholesterol levels were up. And my esteem levels were down and dropping fast.

But just feeling bad physically and emotionally is not enough to bring change. You have to be willing to humble yourself and cry out for help. My cry came when I finally realized I couldn’t do it on my own.

Calling and waiting on God is what I have to do everyday. In my weight loss efforts I have realized that when I start relying on my own abilities I usually fall flat on my face. I get too over confident or proud of my efforts and then I fall and fall hard.

When an animal gets caught in the mud along the banks of a river it struggles to get out. The problem is that the more it struggles the deeper it sinks. The deeper it sinks the more it struggles until it is too tired to fight anymore.

It is the same way with my walk with the Lord. Jesus said that anyone who comes after me must deny himself, pick up his cross daily, and follow me. The word daily means that it is an ongoing effort to follow the Lord. For me, it is not just daily but moment by moment. I have to evaluate my motives and turn my back on my own desires. It isn’t easy but that’s when Jesus pulls me out of the slimy pit of my own making.

It is only when we stop struggling, call on Jesus, and wait that he answers and pulls us free and sets our feet on solid ground again.

Dear God, Thank you for hearing my call. I praise you for setting my feet on solid rock… the rock of Jesus Christ. Help me to be of assistance to others who have gotten stuck in the slimy pit of their own making. Remind us that you are our help and salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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