"I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord." - Psalm 40:1-3
Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior? Has Christ put a new song in your heart and mouth? Does your life show forth praise unto Christ? Finally, the most important question is: do other people see it? The Psalmist says that God will bring us up out of our pits, He will bring us up from the miry clay of this wicked world, He will plant our feet on a rock (Jesus Christ), He will establish our path, and He will put a new song of praise in our mouths.
Have you recently experienced a setback in your life? Have you been in one of those horrible pits or bogged down in the miry clay? If you are going through a valley in your physical or spiritual life, look for what the Lord is trying to teach you. Don't murmur or complain against the Lord concerning the state that you are presently in. You must view your valley, your trial, your pit, as an opportunity to be drawn closer to Christ and an opportunity to show others the new song that has been put in us. The Psalmist tells us in this passage that when we do these things that many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Do you realize that the world is watching you when you go through the fire to see how you will respond. The world is watching to see if Jesus Christ is as real to us as we say He is. The world is watching to see if you really believe what you tell them you believe. If you will allow the pits, valleys, and trials in your life to show forth the praise of Christ it will cause people to not only see it but it will cause them to trust in Him.
I want to challenge you to view your failures and disappointments in life as an opportunity to be drawn closer to Christ and then an opportunity to let others see the praise of Christ in our lives. Life is difficult and the journey can cause us to grow weary, even jaded.
Will you view your failures, disappointments, and setbacks as an opportunity to let others see Jesus Christ in your life? Is Christ as real to you as you say He is?
Prayer For Today:
Heavenly Father, help me this day to let others see your praise in my life. When I suffer setbacks, when I have failures and disappointments, may I see it as an opportunity to be drawn closer to You and to let others see You in my life. I pray that you will help me to see what You are trying to teach me through the tough times in my life. I desire You to be so real to me that others will see it, and fear, and trust in Christ. In Jesus name, Amen!