He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him. Psalm 40:3
This verse is a response to being delivered from a “horrible pit”. If you are in a “pit” today – the pit of sickness or the pit of despair or the pit of lack – whatever the pit is called, don’t forget to read the words on the wall of your pit that were written by those who were there before you.
If you look closely, you’ll see the word of Daniel. Thrown into the pit of lions, Daniel was delivered by the angel of the Lord! You see Daniel’s words written on the wall:
The Lion sleeps tonight!
Daniel was delivered from the lion and you will be too!
On another part of the pit, you will see something written by Joseph. Thrown into the pit of betrayal by his brothers and then returned to the pit by a false accusation of wrongdoing, Joseph was delivered and became the second in command of a nation.
Notice the words he left for you:
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive! Genesis 50:20
Joseph’s deliverance brought about the salvation of many people and yours will too!
Over there, I see another writing on the wall of the pit. The words are the writing of Jeremiah. He was thrown into the pit because he would not alter the word of God for a disobedient people. He was delivered and was kept safe by God through tumultuous times. He left words for you:
“Obey the LORD by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared. Jeremiah 38:20
I’ll show you one more.
Over there, I see written the words of Jesus. Thrown into the pit of jealousy, rebellion, and sin, Jesus waited for His execution. He was killed and put into the grave. On the walls of His pit, you read these words:
For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave. I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength, adrift among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom You remember no more, and who are cut off from Your hand. Psalm 88:3-5
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in the grave, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:9-11
One more thing is written just below that – do you see it?
All these former pit dwellers have been delivered and you will be too! Keep reading their words and lift your head for your redemption draws nigh!