“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.
There are times in a Christian walk when the Believer finds himself deep down in an horrible pit. Whether it happens because of sin, illness, financial woes, the condition of the world or a multitude of other reasons, the person suffers from a myriad of spiritual and emotional turmoil. Perhaps it is a combination of these culprits or even all of them, nevertheless it leaves one with the feeling of desolation to the point that they feel forsaken by God.
Plagued by self pity, depression and sorrow, one of the first things that tempts the flailing soul is whether to trust in self or to trust in God. Sadly many choose the former. Prayer and Scripture reading is forgotten and even church attendance suffers because of the circumstances thrust upon the backslidden saint. Floundering around in the mire and dirt, the bruised Christian neglects to look up to the hills from whence cometh their help. Psalm 121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help