Evils had encompassed the songwriter. His iniquities had overtaken him. Strength to “suck it up” and “gut it out” had dried up as his heart failed him. And his enemies, those who delighted in his hurt, laid in wait like vultures waiting for opportunity to snatch away his life. So he likens his situation to being in a miry bog, stuck and destined for destruction, with no way to help himself out. Situation desperate!
So what do you do when there’s nothing left to do?
I waited patiently for the LORD;
He inclined to me and heard my cry . . .
Blessed is the man who makes
the LORD his trust . . .
(Psalm 40:1,4a ESV)
Hovering over the fortieth psalm this morning. Recognizing it as a messianic psalm (40:6-8), but making connection with all who know the blessed reality of having made the LORD their trust.
Those who, by divine grace and supernatural enabling, can raise their heads out of their all encompassing pit and remember their ever present Provider. Those who, even when they feel forgotten, know that “the Lord takes thought of me” (v.17). Those who, having once declared the glad news of deliverance, are ready to do so again knowing that the Lord will not restrain His mercy, and that “Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness will ever preserve me!” (v.11).
No one wants “situation desperate” . . . and not to minimize how hard the hard stuff can be . . . but there is something about being down that makes you look up. Something about apparent defeat that reminds of true victory. Something about our weakness that becomes a platform for knowing His strength. And in that, a catalyst for continual praise.
But may all who seek You
rejoice and be glad in You;
may those who love Your salvation
say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
Ours is praise which transcends the pit. Ours a new song inspired by any situation, whether its “the best of times or the worst of times.” Ours worship independent of how we’re doing, but fueled as His abiding presence reminds us of who He is. And as such, continually we can say, and we long to declare, “Great is the LORD!”
For those who love His salvation–salvation past when we received forgiveness and were redeemed from the penalty of sin, and salvation future when we’ll sit at a great table having been delivered from the presence of sin, and who love even the hard times of salvation present, when, in every situation we can know rescue from the power of sin as through every circumstance we are conformed more to the likeness of the Savior–they can say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
Continual praise. Might that be our reality.
By His grace. For His glory.