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No Longer Stuck in the Mud
By Karen L. Mechtly

Psalm 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

There's a new "sport" capturing the imaginations of young people. It's called mud running. The participants compete on a course of knee-deep mud. As if running through the mud is not challenging enough, the field is also filled with obstacles, both seen and unseen. Amazingly, many are getting caught up in the sport.

While it is hard for me to understand why someone would want to slog through mud, there's something even harder for me to understand. Why would anyone choose to live in the mud and mire of sin? As I look around this world, I see many people living in the mud. But, we don't have to. David paints a beautiful picture of rescue from sin in the verses above. God can lift us out of the mud and mire of sin and set our feet on a rock. Then we can sing a new song of praise to God, and show others the joy of living for the Lord. Now that's something that appeals to me!
   
Instead of being stuck in the mud, we can be free to praise the Lord for His redemption!

Lord, Help me when I am stuck  in the mud. Set my feet firmly on the Rock. Help my life to be a good example to others.


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