Out of the miry clay.

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (Ps 40:1) This is one of the first Psalms I read when I began to study the Word, and at the time it was definitely a Psalm of awakening, and one of deliverance.

…awakening in the sense of being introduced to God for the first time, despite a moderately luke-warm Catholic upbringing in which I thought I did know who God was, and of deliverance in the sense that my compass needle was now slowly turning toward the cross. If you think about it, the Book of Psalms is not a book with chapters,  it’s a mansion with many, many rooms. Take refuge in this room when you enter the storm. Lock yourself in and meditate on the affirmations it reveals about God’s character and His promises to us.

“He brought me me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” (Ps 40:2)

There are many common threads woven throughout God’s Word.  In fact the Old Testament is a shadow of the New. There is one common thread that I think is overlooked and taken for granted – “Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done,” (Ps 40:5) God is the creator of everything, and we should be mindful to acknowledge Him as such. Revelation 4:11 has this to say, and I think it’s a quintessential: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

When your confidence is shattered, re-affirm yourself in the Lord. Have confidence in Christ first. You are good enough and it’s OK to say that.

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