Summary: If you were sinking in quick sand, what would you do: Pray for help? Yell at God? Figure out an escape? Give up? Look for help?
Getting Out of the Pit
October 6, 2004 PM
If you were sinking in quick sand, would you:
(a) Pray for help? (b) Yell at God? (c) Figure out an escape? (d) Give up? (e) Look for help?
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. 7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come-- it is written about me in the scroll. 8 I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart." 9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. (NIV)
Psalms 40:1-40:10 From the Pits to Praise
I. The Lord’s Response
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
When asked what running track taught him about patience, pastor Wayne Cordeiro of New Hope Christian Fellowship O’ahu answered:
Impetuous young athletes try to go faster than their ability allows. Unless a coach challenges this tendency, they’ll lack the strength needed to make it to the finish. During my junior and senior years at a small country high school, I ran track, practicing on a cinder track. Our coach used a sprinter’s harness——a vest attached to a telephone pole by ropes and pulleys——to assist in our training. With this antiquated contraption he could regulate the speed of a sprinter. I remember strapping on the vest, and Coach reeling me into the blocks. At the firing of a starting pistol, I pushed out of my starting position, cinders spraying like shrapnel from my track cleats. Coach slowly let out more rope, prolonging my tug-of-war with the pole.
In this slow-motion pose, the coach could adjust my form and correct my running posture. Best of all, the device built the "quick twitch muscles" required for sprinters. After 30 seconds or so, the coach would blow his whistle to end the ordeal. He’d reel me in, and we’d start the whole chase over again.
Coach would continually remind me, "This exercise will build the muscles and tensile strength you’ll need for endurance. You’ll have the stamina and power to take you to the finish line without your speed decreasing in the last few yards."
I always looked forward to the final sprint of the day——the one without the vest. When Coach fired the starter’s pistol, I blasted out of the blocks like a rocket!
7Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (NIV)
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (NIV)
10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. (NIV)
II. The Lord’s Works
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.