Poor Ruby. They say curiosity kills the cat, but dogs are curious too! This sweet Golden Retriever was on a walk with her owner and seeing something new, a sinkhole, she approached to check it out. Ruby fell in and spent several unhappy hours there before being rescued. Thankfully, she was not injured and was happily reunited with his worried owner.
Today’s verse describes depression like a horrible pit. The floor of that pit is a miry clay where one cannot get any traction. The only escape is for the Lord to lift David out in answer to his cry. It did not happen immediately. David had to wait patiently for God to act (verse 1). And the pit did not disappear. It still exists as there is always the temptation to climb back in o that pit of sadness and self-pity. But God set David’s feet on the Rock of Himself, giving him a sure standing on His faithfulness.
That slippery clay of emotion keeps me from a firm footing. I want to stand on the truth of God’s Word and His character. Regardless of how I feel, He does not change nor do His promises. Sometimes, when the miry clay is especially thick, I cannot even pray or read His Word. When I am in the pit of despair, the only solution is to cry out to Him for help. I cannot pull myself up by self-talk. How gracious He is to hear my cry and to “put a new song in my mouth.” (verse 3) He changes my pit into praise!
Thank you Lord, for not leaving me in the pits.