Psa. 40:1-2 ¶ I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry. 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.
Have you ever been in a horrible pit? I am not talking about the ordinary, everyday pit. I mean a disgusting, embarrassing, painful pit of despair. The kind of pit that everyone hears about, and then, everyone talks about. Years ago I fell into a pit, it was an experience beyond anything I thought was possible. It happened after one cold, rainy night when I was working at B & C Egg Ranch. I got to work just before 7 that morning, it had been raining a horrible cold rain all night. The ground between the chicken houses was flooded. As I started my day I heard the sound of the pump running between the houses, that wasn’t a good sign. The rain had effected the switch, the pump came on, and all night long it had been pumping liquified chicken manure into a 20 foot deep pit. The pit had overflowed and flooded, along with the flooding rain. Not a pretty picture. Rather than thinking, I just responded. I took off running to turn off the pump, and you guessed it, I went flying right into the invisible 20 foot deep pit of cold, liquified chicken manure (it was about 40 degrees). Disgusting! The only good thing was that my head didn’t go under the chicken mess.
Every time I hear about a pit, that experience comes into my mind. Have you fallen into a pit? Are you facing, embarrassing and maybe disgusting situations? That is exactly what David was describing in his prophetic song, “I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, He has put a new song into my mouth”. In that place of desperate circumstances, we are prepared to receive from the Lord. David described how the Lord came to him in the midst of his circumstances. The Lord not only delivered him from the pit, but He also put his feet upon a rock.
After my horrible chicken pit experience I had to deal with the ramifications. What were the ramifications? One of them was the smell. It took a couple of days to get the smell off of me. That was embarrassing! And then there were the comments. “What did you do that caused the Lord to allow this to happen?” What kind of question is that? Bible school students can be quite cruel. In the midst of this whole situation I learned a powerful lesson. I learned that the Lord would protect me and would not allow me to go through anything without Him being with me. Actually, it is in these kinds of situations that we can experience God in our lives. He seems to hang around horrible pits, it is in those places that His power and grace are displayed in us and to us. If you find yourself in a horrible, disgusting pit today, get ready for a miracle. I believe help is on the way.