This weekend while reading some scripture I came across Psalm 40. I read verse 1-3 and thought how familiar they sounded to me. Not just that I had read them many times before....no....there was something more....
I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.
It is the words of the chorus to an old hymn called....He Brought Me Out written by Henry L. Gilmour, 1898. Here is the chorus....
He brought me out of the miry clay,
He set my feet on the rock to stay;
He puts a song in my soul today,
A song of praise, hallelujah!
This was a song from my childhod that was stored somewhere in the recesses of my mind....or was it really stored in my soul? Anyway, I find it so amazing how the Lord brings things back to our remembrance as we need them....even when we don't know we need them....
First I read the verses, then the song was playing in my mind, and I immediately thought about my life and how the Lord has brought me out.
The definition of the word mire; used as a noun it means a marsh or a bog. As a verb it means to involve or entangle. That is what satan does to us. He gets us so heavily and deeply involved in our sin that before we know what's happening we are entangled as if we are a fly caught in a spiders web. Then we find ourselves sinking....sinking....sinking....until we are so much in a bog that we think we could never get out. That is just a mind game that the devil uses on us to keep us in our sin. The cool thing is....
When the Lord gets a hold of us He pulls us up out of that miry clay and does just what the scripture and the song says. He sets our feet upon the rock (solid ground) and helps us to stand. He has done that for me. He steadies me....calms me....holds me....firmly places me in His care! Then He started replacing all of the old songs I had carried in my soul for so long....with His songs....and fills my heart with praise!
There are many times when I start letting the evil one take me down a dark path that I try hard to stay away from. That's when I need to reach up and grab His hand before the bog starts sucking me in. It's at those times I need to be reminded of where the Lord has brought me from....and where I am today. The Lord did that for me yesterday when He led me to these verses.
As the title of the song says;
He Brought Me Out....and He will bring you out too.
Until we see Jesus....face to face