by John Barnett

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Pathway to the Pits (14 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

Fleeing to Christ as our refuge works in no matter what spiritual, physical or emotional state we find ourselves in--throughout all of our lives. This morning in Psalm 40 David confesses for all the world to hear--that he has become stuck in the pits of life. And this Psalm is his fleeing to the Lord for refuge.
If the Psalm stopped there it would be so valuable for us to learn from. We would see how David got there and how he was delivered by the Lord.
But when you add to Psalm 40 the way that Christ and the apostles used this Psalm--now you have something very powerful to us this morning.
The key to Psalm 40 is verses 6-8 because they are our Lord Jesus Christ's marching orders while here on Earth. Now that was not clear to us the reader, until the New Testament was written. Look for a moment at Psalm 40:6-8-- 6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. 7 Then I said, "Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart."
Who is David talking about? Just about himself or Someone to come, greater than David? We can understand as we look at how the writer of Hebrews applies these verses in Hebrews 10:5-9-- 5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. 7 Then I said, 'Behold, I have come--In the volume of the book it is written of Me--To do Your will, O God.' " 8 Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second.
The writer of Hebrews explai ...

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