Words from the Heart for Thursday May 11th, 2017
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.
Psalm 40:2 (NKJV)
Out of the Miry Clay
It’s testimony time. What a wonderful story to tell of the Lord’s ability to save us and rescue us and bring meaning into our lives. Your story of salvation matters, too. Find the opportunity to tell it again to someone today. And, you can pray confidently for someone you know and love that has not yet given their heart to this amazing Saviour.
The Clay Belt is a region in northeastern Ontario and northwestern Quebec that in the late 19th century was suggested as ideal for agricultural settlement. Unlike the Canadian Shield that surrounds it, which is marked by muskeg and exposed bedrock, the Clay Belt has rich clay soil that would seem to make it suitable for farming. So the Canadian government encouraged immigrants to settle there after World War One, offering free land and guaranteed loans. While the soil was incredibly fertile, the weather was another matter altogether. As one of the original farmers put it, “there are seven months of snow, two months rain, and all the rest is black flies and mosquitoes.”” By 1920, of the more than 100 farmers that settled in the region, only nine remained.
Quicksand it interesting material. It is defined as wet sand that yields easily to pressure and sucks in anything resting on it or falling into it. It is really a great picture of how sin acts. It quickly sucks in anyone who yields to it and all too quickly it snuffs out life. David understood this to be so. He had yielded to sin in his relationship with Bathsheba and before long that one sinful act led to another – the murder of her husband Uriah. But David had responded well to the conviction that God had brought upon him and as a result had experienced God’s redeeming grace. So David wrote in Psalm 40:2: “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.” Until the Lord confronts a person about their sin, they don’t even recognize the sin. But when we see our sin in light of God’s pure holiness, we recognize how horrible and hideous it is. While that is painful, it is necessary for the next step – repentance. When we repent of our sin and turn to the Lord, we experience what David did – deliverance from sin and victory over it. If you want to live a life that honours the Lord, it begins with the recognition that you are in need of a Saviour. He then establishes us on the firm ground of his love and grace. You can experience that today.
These have been words from the heart.