Today’s Scripture: I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2  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. 3  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3

I was just a young teenager when the Quentin Road Baptist Church began its first of many building projects. The giant excavators had scraped away the topsoil from the area surrounding our building site. This presented one giant problem – whenever it rained, the exposed layer of clay would become slick and make it almost impossible to walk. It was common to walk through the clay and collect large clods of wet, slippery clay on the bottoms of your shoes. Sometimes I’d even lose my shoes in the mess.

David compared his situation in Psalm 40 to something similar – being stuck in a pit of miry clay. In this Psalm, we read David’s rejoicing – that God heard his cry, brought him up out of the clay, and set him upon the solid rock. David had to wait patiently for God’s timing – but God’s time is always on time.

Friend, are you going through a trial that has left you feeling like you are stuck in a pit of miry clay? Do the walls of the pit seem higher and higher every day? Trust that God has not left you nor abandoned you. As you wait patiently on Him, He will deliver you and bring you to solid ground. Those around you will see your testimony in the trial, and God will be glorified.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.