Memory’s Aid to Praise
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay.
PSALM 40:2



The only song worth singing is the song of Christ’s redemption and its tune is Amazing Grace.
Alexander Simpson

Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged (Isa. 51:1). This is good advice. Remembering where we were before Gods grace rescued us will not only teach us humility, but will bind us firmly in love and thankfulness to God. Remembering past misery makes us appreciate the great measure of His present mercy. Remembering the horrors of the slimy abyss that held us highlights the wonders of Christs redemption. Psalm 40 begins with such contemplation, goes on to gratitude for grace received, and ends with desire for renewed displays of Gods mercy.

We well remember our unsaved state. The words David uses to describe our sin and guilt actually mean the pit of tumult and the mire of mud. But the greatness and grace of God were greater than our sin. He heard our cries for mercy and delivered us. He inclined to us, or extended His heart toward us in favour. He gave us a complete deliverance. He took us out of the pit and placed our feet on a rock, the peak of a high crag. This is how the Lord always works when He applies His saving grace to a lost soul. He raises us from the depths to the heights, from the slippery mire to the firm footing of spiritual security in Christ our solid rock and sure foundation.

As we contemplate such a full deliverance, we cannot help but lift our hearts in praise. The Lord has taken away the frightening noises of the pit of tumult and has given us the new song of spiritual freedom. Let us sing that song with grateful hearts. If we ever forget the melody, we need only remind ourselves of the words of todays text. The memory of where we were and what the Lord has done for us will soon restore our song.
Daily devotions are from the book “Footprints of Faith” edited by Dr. Alan Cairns.
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