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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Please read Psalm 40 and notice that David is in " an horrible pit." He has waited patiently for the LORD. However, in verses 13 and 17 he is pleading with God to "make haste to help me" and "make no tarrying, O my God." In verse 12 he states he is so low that "I am not able to look up." Being in the Pits represents all kinds of trouble and emotions. Pits represent anything that gets us down and keeps us down. It represents enclosure, darkness, loneliness, separation, and depression.
Sin is a horrible pit.
Loneliness is a horrible pit.
Depression is a horrible pit.
Uncontrolled temper is a horrible pit.
Financial trouble is a horrible pit.
Marital trouble is a horrible pit.
A negative attitude is a horrible pit.
Being backslidden is a horrible pit.
Anger is a horrible pit.
Immorality is a horrible pit.
Sorrow is a horrible pit.
Unforgiveness is a horrible pit.
Friendlessness is a horrible pit.
Rebellion is a horrible pit.
Bitterness is a horrible pit.
A critical attitude is a horrible pit.
Hard-heartedness is a horrible pit.
Unbelief is a horrible pit.
Worst of all, being lost is a horrible pit from which none recover without finding Christ, the way to escape (Hebrews 2:3). There is only one way out of an horrible pit. It is always upward! David said "He brought me up also out of a horrible pit." Joseph was in a horrible pit because of his dream in Genesis 37:1-27 and God sent the Midianites along to buy him out! Daniel was cast in a pit because of his stand in Daniel 6:1-24 and was brought out because he believed in his God. Jeremiah was in a horrible pit because of his preaching in Jeremiah 38:1-10 and he was brought out because of his friend's intercession. Here in Psalm 40, David, a type of Christ, was brought out because God heard him! There was no other way out.
Most of the horrible pits I named above are pits of our own making. James 4:5-10, "Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."
Whatever your pit, if you will look up, He will lift you up out of the miry clay, and set your feet upon a rock. Thank God there is a way out, a way to escape!