Psalm 28:1,7 To thee, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the Pit. . . . The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
How do you sing to the Lord when it feels like you’re in the pits?
What does it mean to be in the pits? (dead and in hell)
Why tell the Lord, doesn’t he already know? Yes, he knows, but until you tell him how hopeless it looks, you’ll continue to try and save yourself – once you see that things are so bad that you can’t save yourself, only then will you put all your trust in him.
Has your savior seen the trouble you see? Yes and even more, he understand, he cares, and he is able to help.
How do you know he is able to help? Because he has already conquered sin death and the devil, he has conquered all our foes, and he loved us enough to die for us, to forgive us while we were yet sinners.
It is that all surpassing love that we see in our savior’s sacrifice, his grace, his mercy and all the promises of forgiveness, peace, and everlsating life that change us – in the moment we come to our savior seeking forgiveness, not only are we forgiven, but we are a new creation – we may still be in the pits, but we see the hope, and we trust in the promises – and the hope and the promises put a song in our hearts that leads us to sing praises to God.