“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 40:2
My “slimy pit” holds bitterness, grudges that have a death grip on me, or people
who constantly disappoint. When I am paralyzed by my own “right to be right,” I lose sight of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. I forget that He has forgotten the grudge He could have held against me for my lifetime of sin.
Praise God that He daily whispers a new song of forgiveness in my ears and a new song of praise in my heart as I wait patiently for Him to make things healed and whole. By His grace, I throw off the mud of anger and frustration before they take unhealthy root in my life. Through His compassion, I learn to resist the mire of self-pity and pride. He gives me a firm place to stand by freeing me to love people, expecting nothing in return.
You can experience this, too. Entrust your enemies and their plots to God. Leave personal hurts and offenses at the foot of the cross. Go to the Rock that holds your feet steady, and say with the hymn writer that your “hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1)