A. W. Pink…On Psalm 40

7 02 2008

The more I grow in my understanding of the Gospel, the more I stand in amazement at the glorious richness of God’s marvelous plan.  I join with Paul in ‘jaw-dropping’ amazement as I reflect on the wonder of what God has done (Romans 11:33-36).  What human being could ever have come up with something so humbling to our pride yet so exalting to our soul, something so devestating yet so full of joy and hope?  As our brother A. W. Pink points out in today’s continuation of our “On Psalm 40” series, the truth of the Gospel set forth so clearly and richly in God’s Word shows the Divine origin of this message.  It clearly isn’t man made.  We could have never come up with the Gospel.  Left to ourselves, our plan to get out of the miry clay would have been 1) grab boot straps 2) pull!  Here is how Pink explains it…   

If it is true that man left to himself would never have fully realized his need of salvation, and would never have discovered that it was by grace thro’ faith and not of works, how much less would the human mind have been capable of rising to the level of what God’s Word teaches about the nature of salvation and the glorious and marvelous destiny of the saved! Who would have thought that the Maker and Ruler of the universe should lay hold of poor, fallen, depraved men and women and lifting them out of the miry clay should make them His own sons and daughters, and should seat them at His own table! Who would ever have suggested that those who deserve naught but everlasting shame and contempt, should be made ‘heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ’! Who would have dreamed that beggars should be lifted from the dunghill of sin and made to sit together with Christ in heavenly places! Who would have imagined that the corrupted offspring of disobedient Adam should be exalted to a position higher than that occupied by the unfallen angels! Who would have dared to affirm that one day we shall be ‘made like Christ’ and ‘be for ever with the Lord’! Such concepts were as far beyond the reach of the highest human intellect as they were of the rudest savage. ‘But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God’ (1 Cor. 2:9-10).”

A. W. Pink from The Divine Inspiration of the Bible


Jonathan Edwards…On Psalm 40

8 01 2008

Do you ever wonder how The Fall worked into God’s plan? Ever question why He allowed us to fall into the “miry clay” in the first place?  Wouldn’t it have been better to just keep us safe in Eden than to allow us to make this present disaster?
As we continue this series of reflections on Psalm 40 from great heroes of the faith, listen to Jonathan Edwards’ rich wisdom on the blessings of the “pit.”

Again, man is now brought to a more universal and immediate and sensible dependence on God, than otherwise he would have been. All his happiness is now of him, through him, in him. If man had not fallen, he would have had all his happiness of God by his own righteousness; but now it is by the righteousness of Christ. He would have had all his holiness of God, but not so sensibly; because then he would have been holy from the beginning, as soon as he received his being; but now, he is first sinful and universally corrupt, and afterwards is made holy. If man had held his integrity misery would have been a stranger to him; and therefore happiness would not have been so sensible a derivation from God, as it is now, when man looks to God from the deeps of distress, cries repeatedly to him, and waits upon him. He is convinced by abundant experience, that he has no place of resort but God, who is graciously pleased, in consequence of man’s earnest and persevering suit, to appear to his relief, to take him out of the miry clay and horrible pit, set him upon a rock, establish his goings, and put a new song into his mouth.—By man’s having thus a more immediate, universal, and sensible dependence, God doth more entirely secure man’s undivided respect. There is a greater motive for man to make God his all in all,—to love him and rejoice in him as his only portion.

Jonathan Edwards from The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 2

Charles Spurgeon…On Psalm 40

28 12 2007

Do you ever talk to a brother or sister in the Lord and all they do is go on and on complaining about their life?  At times we might even fall into the same trap.  However, when we do we reveal that we’ve lost sight of our glorious deliverance from the pit; we’ve lost sight of our glorious salvation!  In the following quote, that is part of my “…On Psalm 40” series, our godly brother, Charles, challenges us to correct that wrong focus.

Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them. But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say, “I will speak, not about myself, but to the honour of my God. He hath brought me up out of an horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad.” Such an abstract of experience as this is the very best that any child of God can present. It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out of them. It is true that we have our corruptions, and mournfully do we know this, but it is quite as true that we have an all-sufficient Saviour, who overcomes these corruptions, and delivers us from their dominion. In looking back, it would be wrong to deny that we have been in the Slough of Despond, and have crept along the Valley of Humiliation, but it would be equally wicked to forget that we have been through them safely and profitably; we have not remained in them, thanks to our Almighty Helper and Leader, who has brought us “out into a wealthy place.” The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God, who has led us through all, and preserved us until now. Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part of our life’s song, “He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”

Charles Spurgeon from Morning and Evening, June 9

Thomas Boston…On Psalm 40

20 12 2007

As this blog has been attracting those hunting for information on Psalm 40, I thought I would start a series of posts focusing on wonderful truths that others have gleaned from this rich Psalm.  I hope this helps those who feel like their search engine has lead them to the wrong place and that it encourages you faithful readers as well. 

Today’s insight comes from puritan Thomas Boston who helps us to see what it cost to deliver us ultimately from “the pit of destruction;” it cost the life of our Savior.  When we begin to forget about the “miry clay,” when we loose sight of how lost we were and how dire our situation was, we are in danger of losing our joy in and our admiration and love for the Savior.  Remembering the overwhelming darkness of our “pit” will help us to again see clearly the radiant beautiful of our Deliverer, our Rescuer, and that is something of which we never want to loose sight.  Enjoy our brother’s rich words! 

Admire that matchless love which brought you out of the state of wrath.  Christ’s love was active love; he brought thy soul from the pit of corruption!  It was no easy work to purchase the life of the condemned sinner; but he gave his life for thy life.  He gave his precious blood to quench the flame of wrath, which otherwise would have consumed thee.  Men get the best view of the stars from the bottom of a deep pit; from this pit of misery, into which thou wast cast by the fall of the first Adam, thou mayest get the best view of the Sun of Righteousness, in all his dimensions.  He is the second Adam, who took thee out of the horrible pit, and out of the miry clay.  How broad was that love, which covered such a multitude of sins!  Behold the length of it, reaching from everlasting to everlasting, Ps. 103:17.  The depth of it, going so low as to deliver thee from the lowest hell, Ps. 86:13.  The height of it, raising thee up to sit in heavenly places, Eph. 2:6.

-Thomas Boston in Human Nature in Its Fourfold State

Psalm 40:1-2

26 11 2007

The title for my blog comes from this wonderful Psalm of David’s deliverance.  I first read Psalm 40 as a teenager and David’s words resonated with my own cry.  I was overwhelmed by the guilt of my sin in the face of God’s holiness and was feeling much like Christian in the Slough of Despond.   This verse was a Divine answer and I praise God for the glorious gift of salvation through my Lord Jesus Christ.
As I read these verses, I thought of my own perilous condition, that of being sunk deep in the pit of sin, unable to get any footing… all I could do was cry out!  But what a deliverance!  God did rescue me and set my feet upon a rock and made my footsteps firm.  God saved me and lead me into ministry (which is another story I’ll probably write about down the road).  I have been working in a church for 10 years now and have been happily married to my beautiful wife, Amy, for 9 years.  We have two children: Rylie Karis, our 2 year old joy, and Anna Sophia, the gift I am waiting for (Amy is 6 months pregnant at the time of my writing). 
These are just some of the blessings that God has given me over these last 19 years of relationship with Him.  My desire is to be able to write, record, and share my thoughts and reflections about this God who saved me and the life He has given me.