Escaping the Pits (16 of 29) by John Barnett

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Escaping the Pits (16 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

How does God rescue us from all the pits we fall into through life? That's what Psalm 40 is all about!
The Pathway out of the Pits
Christ is our refuge we can flee to Him at any time and in any condition--and He will never turn anyone away. So how did David get rescued from the pits? How did God lead him out? Here is the simple pathway recorded in this confession of God's faithfulness he made from the pits.
Now, lets go back over this Psalm and learn from each step David took as the Lord led him out of the pits.
1. DAVID REMEMBERED GOD'S WORK IN HIS LIFE. David first notes the five ways God had worked in his life. Here is God's grace directed towards David--Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth-- Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.
The first step out of the pits is to remember God's work in our lives. David remembered God's work in his life. Think back over your salvation experience. Repeat it to yourself, mull it over in your heart. Then think of the last time you cried to the Lord and He responded. Go over that in your mind--that is what David was doing!
Like David, we need to remember God's work of grace in our lives.
2. DAVID REAFFIRMED HIS TRUST IN GOD. Psalm 40:4-5 Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.
David verbally says that he trusts God.
Sometimes we need to break the spiritual silence in our heart by talking to God. Telling Him what we know is ...

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