Psalm 40:2, "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
Notice that the Lord does all of the work. HE brought us up, HE set us on a Rock, and HE established our goings. This morning, I am so very thankful that He did bring us up out of the pit and miry clay. But, I am just as thankful that He did not leave us in a state to fall again. Had the Lord just brought us back up to ground zero, we would have fallen into the horrible pit again and been dead in trespasses and in sins all over again. However, the Lord set us on Christ (the Rock). With Him as our foundation and root, we can never again be in a state of deadness in sins. Forever have our sins been removed from us, and the Lord Himself remembers them no more.
The Lord also established our goings. That phrase does not mean that He foreordains every step that we take. Rather, it means that He has set our bounds, and He has anchored our final destination. That word “established” is from the same word as “set.” That means that as secure as our being set on Christ is, that is just as sure as our destination is. Paul tells us in Hebrews 6 that our hope is sure and steadfast and anchored in heaven. That is the establishment of our goings. May we ever be thankful this morning that when He passed by it was a time of love, and He commanded us to LIVE! (Ezekiel 16)