David, the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), wrote about a time in his life when he was in a horrible pit and was graciously delivered by The Lord when he cried out to Him. Exactly what that pit was we are not sure, but David made a connection between that pit and his sins (Psalm 40:12) and those who sought to destroy him (Psalm 40:14).
There is not a single person reading this post who can escape the reality of his or her sin nature (1 John 1:8,10). Nor can we evade the reality of problems or conflict with other people, even within the body of Christ (Philippians 4:2,3; Acts 15:36-40). Sin and conflict with people, whether it be an enemy or a falling out with brothers and sisters in The Lord, are sad but true consequences of life this side of heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11).
However, God The Holy Spirit has tucked away in this psalm of pits and people problems a prophecy of the cross of The Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 40: 6-8; compare Hebrews 10:5-9). Coincidence, as some would say? Absolutely not! What God is teaching us in this psalm is that He has provided for us the sacrifice of The Lord Jesus and the message of His cross as the means whereby we are able, by His grace, to deal with our pits, our sin and problems with people. The cross of Jesus Christ is the “ground zero” of human redemption from sin (John 19:30; Ephesians 1:7). This redemption that God has provided for us is an “all inclusive” means of dealing with the pits in life (2 Corinthians 1:3,4). In fact, for those who have ears to hear, trials and tribulations (James 1:2-4) are the very things that cause us to experience the mercy, grace, and comfort of God (Romans 8:31-39).
Whenever we observe The Lord’s Supper, may we realize afresh the love that passes human comprehension (Ephesians 3:19), which our Father has for us because of the incredible grace given to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:4- 6). Face it; we all experience the pits of life – the pit of discouragement or the pit of ill health, or the pit of succumbing to temptation and the inevitable guilt. What is God’s remedy? His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Precious saint, place your sin, your pit, your “people problems” before The Lord God this morning. Remember the price that Jesus paid to remove your sin in order to provide a way for you to come to Him for help in time of need. In the midst of the complexity of life, the solution of God is very simple: Consider Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3) and look unto Him (Isaiah 45:22).