Have you ever been in the Pit of Despair? King David was there, more than once, but God lifted him out of it. Some 20 years ago I had been in that pit for quite some time. We had a difficult time of adjustment as a family when we moved to the United States. Coming from Bolivia to this country was a culture shock, to say the least. With a chronically ill daughter and no health insurance it was not the easiest thing to handle. I was in the Pit of Despair, but I held on to the promise that God would not leave us nor forsake us.
Then one morning I just woke up with a song in my heart, and I’ve been singing it ever since! A new song, a hymn of praise to God!
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be astounded.
They will put their trust in the LORD. (NLT)
My story for the week is about a little boy and his dog. They were running and playing and by accident the dog fell into a big hole. The boy jumped in to rescue him, but then could not climb back up. The little boy was in despair but he remembered that he could call on the Lord to rescue him, and that is what he did. And he was rescued by the city workers that had forgotten to put the cover back over a hole to the sewer system.
- God rescued Daniel when he was thrown into the lion’s den.
- The Lord walked together with Daniel’s friends when they were thrown into the fiery furnace.
- Jeremiah was rescued from a muddy cistern where he was sinking in the mud.
- God sent an earthquake to open the prison doors for his servants Paul and Silas.
- An angel was sent to open the prison gates and escort Peter out.
- Even a disobedient prophet was rescued by the way of a three-day stay in the insides of a fish.
If you’re in a pit, you need a new song. The Creator, who gave us the ability to sing, can give you the new song. There is hope, even in the darkest night.
You’re not in a pit? Praise the Lord, there is even more reason to sing!