“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”” Psalm 40:1-2
King David recited how God had extricated (rescued) him from dire trouble. Though this extrication was not that of redeeming David from sin unto salvation I will make that application here because it fits beautifully.
Our gratitude for God’s extrication of us from sin will intensify if we will picture our lost situation as King David did with his troubles. He saw himself sinking and suffocating in a muddy hole unable to extricate himself. His life was in peril and only God could save him. He prayed and waited on God. God heard his plea and extricated (delivered) him from his troubles.
Does not that imagery of being trapped and drowning in a quagmire pretty much describe our hopeless estate as a lost person? What saved us – what extricated us from our mud hole of sin? Not we ourselves. We cried unto God to save (extricate) us from our sinful state but unlike David we did not have to wait. Instantly upon hearing our call God drew us from a muddy grave of sin and set us on the Rock of salvation. What a miraculous extrication!
What was King David’s reaction to God extricating him from his life threatening troubles? He burst forth in a new song – a song of praise. “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God…” Psalm 40:3 Do we not sing hymns and songs now which we could not sing before God extricated us from our mud hole – the sinful world?
Should we at any time loose the joy of our salvation we need only to reflect on the time we wallowed in the mud (sin) of of this world. We need only to rehearse in mind that indescribable moment when God redeemed (extricated) us from our lost state and stood us on the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ. This will surely rekindle our joy of salvation.
What more can we say than, “I thank God for His miraculous extrication!