Psalm 42:5 NIV Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Several years ago I wrote the post “Spiritual Warfare - What Do You Do When You Hit Rock Bottom, The Bottom Of The Barrel?”. In that last post, and in “Spiritual Warfare - You’re In A Fight To The Death -4 ” I wrote that when you reach rock bottom you may feel like a failure. You let pride and the desires of your flesh get the best of you over and over. But even with all your failures God isn’t finished with you. You may be at rock bottom, the bottom of the barrel, but that’s not the end.
Being at the bottom of the barrel is just like being in a pit with no apparent way out. You begin to scratch and crawl, and scream for help. It feels as if the walls of the pit are closing in on you. The longer you’re in the pit you more you begin to lose confidence, first in yourself, and then in God.
That’s the time we need to grab hold of this;
Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
1 John 5:14-15 NLT And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
CRY OUT, CONFESS, CONSENT
I call to You, Lord, who are worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. The waves of death swirl about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelm me. The cords of the grave coil around me; the snares of death confront me. In my distress I call to You, Lord; I call out to my God. From Your temple You hear my voice; my cry comes to Your ears. — 2 Samuel 22:4–7
O, my Strength, come quickly to help me. — Psalm 22:19b
Reach down from on high and take hold of me; draw me out of deep waters. Rescue me from my powerful enemy and from foes, who are too strong for me. — Psalm 18:16–17
Bring me out into a spacious place; rescue me, Lord, because You delight in me. — Psalm 18:19
To You I call, O Lord my Rock; I believe You will not turn a deaf ear to me. For if You remained silent, I would be like those who stay in the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help. — Psalm 28:1–2
I call with all my heart; answer me, O Lord. I want to obey Your decrees. I call out to You; save me and with Your help I will keep Your statutes. Help me rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in Your Word. — Psalm 119:145–147
Lift me out of this slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. Set my feet on a rock and give me a firm place to stand. Put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to You, my God. Cause many to see and put their trust in You, Lord. — Psalm 40:2–3
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. — Psalm 139:23-24
Father, I want to acknowledge my sin to You. I don’t want to cover it up. I will confess my transgressions to You, Lord, and You will forgive the guilt of my sin. — Psalm 32:5
I confess that You are my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; You are my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. You are my stronghold, my refuge, and my savior — save me from anything that seeks to destroy me. — 2 Samuel 22:2–3
There is no one like You, my God, who rides on the heavens to help me and on the clouds in Your majesty. You, Eternal God, are my refuge and underneath me are your everlasting arms. Drive out my enemy before me, Lord, saying “Destroy him!” — Deuteronomy 33:26-27
Blessed am I! Who is like me, a person saved by the Lord? You are my shield and helper and glorious sword. — Deuteronomy 33:29
Lord, may Your hand be ready to help me, for I am choosing Your precepts. I long for Your salvation, O Lord, and for Your law to be my delight. Let me live that I may praise You, and may Your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten Your commands. — Psalm 119:173–176
You are my lamp, O Lord; You turn my darkness into light. With Your help I can advance against a troop; with You I can scale a wall. As for You, my Father, Your way is perfect; Your Word is flawless. You are a shield for all who take refuge in You. For who is God besides You? And who is the Rock except You? — 2 Samuel 22:29–32
If You are for me, who can be against me? You did not spare Your own Son but gave Him up for me. How will You not also, along with Him, graciously give me all things? — Romans 8:31–32
You know the plans You have for me, O God. Plans to prosper me and not to harm me. Plans to give me a hope and a future. — Jeremiah 29:11
Thank You, God, for Your willingness to lead me to triumph. — 2 Corinthians 2:14
God, You arm me with strength and make my way perfect. You can make my feet like the feet of a deer; You can enable me to stand on the heights. You train my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me Your shield of victory; You stoop down to lift me up. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. — 2 Samuel 22:33–37
Nothing is too difficult for You, my God. — Genesis 18:14
Into Your hands I commit myself. Redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth. — Psalms 31:5
Praise be to You, Lord, for showing Your wonderful love to me when I was besieged and felt cut off from Your sight. You heard my cry for mercy. — Psalm 31:21–22
What better place than from the bottom of the pit to call out to Jesus and pray to Him using Scripture? Jesus prayed using the Word of God! Do you?
Editor's Note: Some content in this post is from Get Out of That Pit Scripture Prayers by Beth Moore from her book Get Out of That Pit
Beth’s journey out of the pit has been heart-rending. But from this and the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 has come the reward: a new song for her soul, given by her Savior and offered to you in Get Out of That Pit. This is Beth’s most stirring message yet of the sheer hope, utter deliverance, and complete and glorious freedom of God. From her first breath of fresh air beyond the pit, it has never been enough for Beth Moore to be free. This best-selling author and Bible teacher who has opened the riches of Scripture to millions longs for you to be free as well—to know the Love and Presence that are better than life and the power of God’s Word that defies all darkness. Beth’s journey out of the pit has been heart-rending. But from this and the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 has come the reward: a new song for her soul, given by her Savior and offered to you in Get Out of That Pit—friend to friend. This is Beth’s most stirring message yet of the sheer hope, utter deliverance, and complete and glorious freedom of God: I waited patiently for the Lord He turned to me and heard my cry He lifted me out of the slimy pit He set my feet on a rock He put a new song in my mouth It is a story, a song—a salvation—that you can know too. Get Out of That Pit is also available in Spanish, Sálgase de ese pozo $17.99
Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.