Day #15

Psalm 40:1-3

They come with bleeding hearts. They come ravaged by circumstances. They come as victims of abuse, of acrimony, or of just plain apathy. They’ve been manipulated by fanatics, married to narcissists, violated by sociopaths. They come having grown up in happy, loving homes, dysfunctional homes, and abusive homes. They come anxious, depressed, traumatized, and sometimes even dissociative and delusional. 

They are counseling clients. 

And they’re some of the most impressive people I’ve ever met. Because they fight. They fight hard enough to seek out help and pay for it. They struggle mightily to make it out of their various pits. I don’t do the fighting; I toss them the tools. A rope. A stick. A machete. They’re the ones emerging from the hole, beating down their demons, and slicing through the underbrush of their damaged souls and tangled histories. I’m so proud of them. 

I’m the one who gets to hear them come forth with a new song in their mouths. I see them avail themselves of God’s mighty power to change the course of history from the momentum of the past sucking their feet back into the mire to a new direction that places them upon the solid foundation of Jesus and His healing love. I do this work for a living, but I should really pay them for the privilege.

Imagine yourself in a pit. You dug the pit yourself, then fell into it and now can’t escape. God comes to the pit, looks down to see you, jumps into the pit with you, and struggles to the edge alongside you. Then he takes you to a solid rock. The two of you sit down on the rock and discuss how you can live so as not to fall into any more pits. Then God teaches you a song, which you sing together. Fix your mind on these images of God helping you rise, stabilizing you, and giving you pure, sweet, joy. 

Dear God, You don’t deserve the pit and we don’t deserve Your help. But because You are a being of utter generosity, and because you don’t hold our sins against us, we sit with you on a solid rock where you daily establish our steps. Praise You, God! Amen and amen. 

“I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. 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. He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God. Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3

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50 thoughts on “Day #15

  1. Katrina

    Hi Everyone
    Jesus has pulled me out of many pits, some of my own doing and some not. My soul is grateful to God for enduring the deep pit for me even though I’m so undeserving of His help and love. I’m thankful for Jesus Meditations and the scripture songs! I look forward to it each day! It’s day 15, half way through already!!! I don’t know if someone designed the art specifically for the meditations but I really like it! Very creative and colorful!
    Peace

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  2. Daniel Parsons

    Jesus Christ pulled me out of the pit of delusional & irrational thinking. I have a long history of being impulsive & have made many poor choices in my life journey. I used substances, food, sex and work to numb my pain. I was miserable 22 years into recovery in 2016 and prayed for help. Instantly, God released me from the deep seated emotional and mental disorders. I am forever grateful!

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  3. Simone

    I don’t know if I can even express it, as I have to take stabs at expressing myself. I felt shame for my daughters choices and my own even more.

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      1. Jeannie

        I think I can relate. And just now as I was pondering your thoughts, Isaiah 43:4 came to mind. After all the rebelling God endured from His children,the children of Israel, (and us!) this is what He says to them (us): “Since thou was precious in my sight, thou has been honourable, and I have loved thee…” Maybe God can give us His heart for our children and for ourselves!

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  4. cree

    ohhh… the song… my heart.. ! I love that feeling when you realize you can finally relate to a specific verse on a personal level. One of the many pits God has delivered me from is the pit of a very “agonizing agony”. During these darkest days, I never thought I’d see the light of day. But He patiently taught me the truth about His love for me, & who I am to Him. …He truly is the Light of the world and very present help in trouble!

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  5. Valerie

    God has recently and often other times rescued me from the pit of loneliness and shame. He is real and right beside me, and He sees me and loves me in spite of my imperfections.

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  6. Kristina

    Jesus long ago pulled me out of the pit of numbing my pain with a party lifestyle. So glad I decided to take His hand as He held it out to me and lifted me up out of that pit. I shudder to think were I would be if I hadn’t made that choice. Praise the Lord for his grace, mercy and persistence!

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  7. Shirley Mann

    I think my pit is my perfectionism. I am still in the process of getting over it. I have always tried to do everything right – cleaning, driving, studying, writing these replies, typing up the church bulletin. I have come to the point that I can accept that I will make mistakes and that is OK. It still bothers me, but only a little! I think part of this stems from feeling that obedience to parents and God was so important (and it is), but we are not saved by our obedience. I think I have finally internalized this and that has helped me on my road to recovery.

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    1. Cheryl

      Hi Shirley, thank you for sharing. I can relate. It takes me so long to write my replies to the questions Jen asks.

      Thanks for saying we are not saved by our obedience. I think I’ve tried to do this. I keep trying to do “the right things” or obey, to make myself acceptable. But that doesn’t work. It’s actually part of the hole I’ve dug.

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  8. Karen

    God rescued me from the Pit of grief when I lost 2 babies, Pit despair as a mother grieving over her adult children and their spiritual lives, Pit of bitterness, Pit of resentment, Pit of anger, Pit of unforgiveness, Pit, Pit, Pit….praising the God who rescues us from all pits!!! It will take me an eternity to thank Him!

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    1. cree

      😢 I’m sorry you lost your 2 precious babies, and that you fell in those dark pits. Life does get so tough!😓 Without God, we have no help and hope. I praise Him for delivering you from the awful places in your past. What a wonderful Saviour! 🤍 thank you for sharing.

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  9. Jane

    God has rescued me from the pit of despair many times, though I’m sure I will need it again. However, I am very grateful for each time of deliverance and am trusting God to complete His work in me eventually, not only in this area but in others as well.

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  10. Amy

    I thank God that He is willing to come get me in the various pits I find myself in. Depression, anxiety and perfectionism are pits for me. God has helped me many times, but it seems I keep finding my way back in.

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  11. Monica

    Jesus has rescued me many pits, some of my own choosing. I have come to count on Him. He has put a new song in my mouth. Thank you, Jesus. <3

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  12. Sandy

    Pit of an abortion at 18, a miscarriage at 30, felt that was God’s punishment for abortion, an affair at 31, so many pits, but God is faithful and redemptive and I had baby boy at 33. He restores my soul and even though there were many many more pits and more to come, He leads me beside still waters and I’m grateful for lessons learned as He’s allowed me to use these experiences to help other women. Praise Him!

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    1. Cheryl

      Sandy, thank you for your honesty. It gives me hope that God can use my pain, grief, and sorrow in some way, some day.

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  13. Sharon

    I don’t know. I have been thinking about this off and on all day, and I’m still coming up with nothing. Maybe I’m still in the pit. Or just going through a valley? I don’t know.

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  14. Cheryl

    This is not my first pit…but when I am in the pit it seems deeper and darker than the previous pits. I’ve been in a very deep, dark pit. I want out!

    I actually think the darkness I’ve been existing in has finally forced me to see my own character flaws. There is no way out of this darkness without Jesus.

    I know only God can lift me from this deep, dark hole. I long to rise, to sit on the rock, to have a new song of praise. He’s done it before and I know deep in my heart that He can do it again.

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  15. Nicky Dube

    Like many have posted, God has brought me out of several pits. One that stands out is negative stress reactions (angry, poor choice of words, anxiety, despair, automatic negative thoughts, etc.). I can’t say that I have completely overcome in this area yet but I am well on my way. One thing that really stood out to me in the meditation is the fact that God gets into the pit with us in order to help us out. It reminded me of several passages in the Bible including the 23rd Psalm and the story of Christ asleep in the boat during the storm. What a great reminder that we are never alone and that Christ is willing to trudge through the mire with us.

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  16. Mel

    Wow I appreciate so much what everyone is sharing. It gives me hope to see where others have come from. I definitely am still in the process of being delivered from the pits of self pity, self deprivation, and pride. I say in the process because it’s still all too easy to keep jumping back in. I’m learning to steer around the pit by holding onto Jesus hand, but man some days it’s just all too familiar to jump back in there. Praise God He wants to give us that new song of deliverance!

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  17. Megan

    I’m in a pit now. It wasn’t initially self-inflicted, but what’s keeping me here may be. I feel like I daren’t hope for any better than a life of emptiness, suffering, and disappointment. Is there anything else? I know Jesus wants to give me better. Been here before. Praying for a breakthrough.

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  18. Sabrina

    In my teens, God rescued me from the pit of anorexia. I was at a point in my life where I really hated my life and was so miserable, no matter how skinny I was. During this time, I took the challenge to start spending time in prayer first thing each morning. I began to pour out my heart to God in an open and honest way; and I can truly say that that was a pivotal point in my eating disorder and my relationship with God. It’s been a long journey of healing, and I know I still have other pits from which God is bringing me out. But the peace and “the new song” God gave me during that struggle with anorexia encourages me that He will see me through my other struggles.

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  19. Sarah

    I know there are many pits God has rescued me from. One pit was being a victim of abuse––a pit I didn’t dig for myself, but from which I’m still healing after falling into it. I feel like it has many levels, and when I reach the top of one, I discover there’s yet another wall to climb. Fear and anxiety is what He’s helping me climb out of now. But He’s right there with me, climbing beside me, showing me handholds, and pulling me up when I can’t reach the next grip.

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  20. Ann

    Getting out of the pit is an ongoing process. Yesterday morning I realized that the oppressive feeling that often comes over me is a feeling I’ve had since childhood. I now recognize as anxiety. If feels like I’ve either done something bad or something bad is going to happen. Often, there’s no real reason to have that feeling. So I prayed for a way to combat the feeling. My answer was Psalm 94:19. I love it in the NKJV “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delights my soul”. I’m to pray this psalm and sing a praise song. That was my answer for my prayer. Then last night I listened to your Zoom meeting on Arise. You said it’s not your fault but it’s your responsibility. I felt like I am on the right track.

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  21. Rachel

    One of my deep, recurring pits is having doubts in Him. That’s been a struggle off and on for years, but He’s been working on me through all of them, and I see it. Praise God that my doubts do not affect His existence.

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  22. Tara

    God rescued me from the pit of legalism and then promiscuity. So thankful for the His willingness to get into the mire with us in order to get us out.

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  23. Nowelle

    I’m not sure what to call the pit, but I felt really down/depressed spiritually, and I couldn’t see a solution. Then, I read something in a book that said something like the answer to spiritual despondency is faith, prayer and work. I started with praying more. Then a friend invited me help out at our local food pantry, and wow, it “worked” (pun intended)! I felt so much closer to God after that. My faith began to increase after seeing many of my prayers being answered, and also after taking some steps of faith, and exercising it. God pulled me out of that pit. His ways are wonderful.
    There’s a another time when He, more literally, pulled me out of a pit. It actually felt like He reached in and just pulled me out, but I was in a bad situation/dark place in my life where I had totally given up on myself and Him. I’m so thankful He never gave up on me. God is so good.

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  24. Jeannie

    My ongoing pit is recognizing that as parents, even though we gave our girls a good home, I failed in many areas and that has resulted in much pain for my precious girls. Circumstances and being trapped in them were at the root of many of those failures, but I still own them and they tug at my heart often. I’m thankful for God’s reminders that it is HE who saves my children (in spite of my failures) – Philippians 1:6; that My Hope is Built on Nothing Less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness – Hymn 522; and that He is working in them to bring them out of their own pits into His glorious love – Psalm 40:1-3 and Jeremiah 31:16, 17.

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  25. Vanessa

    God delivered me from the pit of a case of mild hoarding. I’ve been able to get rid of decades worth of items (it continues), and it truly is freeing. My mind is not as cluttered anymore. Praise God.

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  26. Ericka

    ive been in a pit of depression, anxiety, and if legalism/perfectionism could be a pit ive been DEEP in that. 😛 praise GOD for the past few years of growth and walking with Jesus

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  27. A J

    My pasts pits include depression after broken relationships, verbal attacks, loss of a child, demotion at work, rejection of my contributions at church, criticism, dysfunctional marriage.

    God lifted me out of many of those pits in amazing ways and with complete surrender on him. I need more of the chats on a high solid rock, more of the wisdom on how to avert repeating those pit moments.

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