Low Points

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Lewis and his older brother, Warren also known as Warnie, endured several terms at Wynyard, an English boarding school for boys. The headmaster was a cruel man who made life unbearable for everyone there. Decades later, Warnie wrote in his understated dry wit, “I am now sixty-four and a bit, and have never yet been in a situation in which I have not had the consolation of reflecting that at any rate I was better off than I was at Wynyard.”

Most of us can recall a similar dark and difficult time in our lives and be grateful that we’re better off now than we were then.

Psalm 40:1-5, records a low point of David’s life when he cried out to the Lord who rescued him. God brought him up from “the slimy pit” and “the mud and mire” and set his feet on a rock (verse 2). David says, “He put a new song in my mouth,” and a “hymn of praise to our God” (verse 3).

God’s mercy, loving-kindness, and truth delivers us from sin.

But deliverance from depression and despair are rarely one-time events. Psalm 40 continues with David’s renewed plea for God’s mercy, lovingkindness, and truth to deliver him from his own sin and the threats of his enemies (verses 11-14).

Along with David, we can say at every low point, “I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me, You are my help and my deliverer” (verse 17).

How does recalling a low point in your life encourage you to trust God for His help today?

The Girl Who Writes

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