Psalm 40:1–3 (NIV):
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 the Lord
and put their trust in him.
When we get sucked down into the problems of our lives we get lost in despair and depression. How do you find your footing in slimy mud? How do you pull yourself out of a swampy pit when everything is slippery and elusive?
When we raise our eyes to look beyond the muck and mire to look to the LORD we find the one who lifts us out. Simply by remembering the promise giver and the one who is faithful we begin find ourselves standing on firm ground. By giving praise to the God who is faithful our perspective of our predicament changes. When we consider the God who dwelled and died in the muck and mire of the world and was raised from the dead we know we have the Faithful One we trust in.