Today: Psalm 40.
‘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.’ (Ps. 40:2)
It’s the last day of Lent today. It’s silent or holy Saturday. It’s the day ‘in between’. We look back to Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified. And we look forward to Easter Sunday, when Jesus will rise back to life.
How appropriate to end this Lent Experiment with Psalm 40. Because it describes exactly what Jesus went through on both Good Friday and Easter:
1 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.
Jesus ‘waited patiently for the Lord’. He did not shy away from his Father’s will but was obedient till the very end. He allowed himself to be tortured, humiliated, crucified and ridiculed… So he could become ‘the Lam of God who takes away the sins of the world’ (Jn. 1:29).
That’s why Jesus cried out: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’. And when he breathed his last breath, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit’. ‘It is finished!’.
And God indeed ‘turned to him and heard his cries’. Because on the third day God ‘lifted him out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire’. The Father, through his Spirit raised Jesus back to live. Jesus conquered ‘the slimy pit’, death, once and for all.
And because he conquered death, death no longer has the last say in our lives. Because Jesus lives, we may live forever with Him! That’s why he ‘set our feet on a rock and gave us a firm place to stand’. Christ is the rock! On him we can build our lives, knowing that with him we’re save forever. Because it is finished. He has done everything needed for us to live a new life, a life of faith, hope and love. A life of joy and peace. A life filled with his resurrection power.
And that’s why ‘He put a new song in our mouths, a hymn of praise to our God’. Will you sing with me?
‘In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.’
(Hymn written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend)
In case you don’t how to sing it, here’s a youtube version: