He Will Lift You Up | Short Sermon Series
“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.” Psalm 40:1-2
There will be times in our lives where we feel like we’re at the bottom of a dark pit – a bad day at work, failed crypto investments, tough relationships – the list can go on. In those seasons, it’s hard to look past our circumstances and have hope that things will change for the better. It’s hard to stop staring at the walls of the pit that surround us. So what do we do?
David might be able to answer that question. As he ran from Saul and his armies to avoid being murdered, he definitely knew what being in a pit felt like. But he also knew how to get out – and we can learn a thing or two about his response to being in the pit.
First, be patient and persevere. David waited patiently for the Lord, but he didn’t just stop there – while he waited, he also persevered in crying out to God. He persevered in fervent prayer not because God didn’t hear him the first time, but because it was also a way to sustain himself by bringing his burdens to God while in the pit. Being in communion with God allowed God to fill David with a supernatural strength and peace to sustain him even as he remained in the pit.
But how can we persevere in prayer? By having faith, even if just the size of a mustard seed.
David’s faith in God was steadfast. He knew that God could do something about his situation, and he trusted in the mighty hand of God and the deep love and grace God had for him. Believing that God would hear his cry and lift him out of the pit was important in helping him to keep praying in earnest.
Patience, perseverance and faith. If you’re having trouble climbing out of the pit you might be in today, remember these three nuggets of wisdom from David, take heart, and look up! God is reaching His hand down into the pit to lift you up and set your feet on solid ground.