by John Barnett

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Praying from the Pits (18 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

The last two steps in the pathway out of the pits of life are prayer and praise. Psalm 40 shows us that praying and praising gets us through the pits.
In fact if we back up through all we have seen so far--it all makes so much sense.
• When we pray we can praise;
• When we praise we can repeat truth about God;
• When we repeat truth about God we can renew our submission to God;
• When we renew our submission to God we can reaffirm our trust in Him;
• When we reaffirm our trust in Him we can remember His work in our life.
And back we go again to prayer, to praise and back through those six steps David captures for us in the pathway out of the pits. So the last two steps in the pathway out of the pits of life are praise and prayer.
To introduce Psalm 40, turn with me to I Thessalonians 5:16-18. What can God do with our hard times, lonely times, dark times and fearful times? He can use them if we give ourselves to Him. In fact, we can even begin to rejoice in the Goodness of God even in the darkest of circumstances. That is what David does in Psalm 40 and that is what Paul tells us by the power of the Holy Spirit--we all can do in every circumstance we find ourselves in through all of life.
• 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Does that work nowadays? The Psalms are 3,000 years old--do they still work? To find out, let's listen to a testimonial from none other than Paul, writer of half of the New Testament!
Psalm 40 is a song or Psalm written three thousand years ago by David as he faced the low point of his life. Now turn with me to Acts 16 and look at one of the low points of Paul's life. As we read, I want you to see the way that Paul dealt with the pits of life.
• Acts 16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns (Greek humneo) to God, ...

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