The Pit of Despair

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion (Psalm 103:2, 4 NASB)

Have you ever felt in danger of slipping into a pit? Maybe you feel like you have already landed in one — a pit of despair. In the jungle, hunters dig pits to catch lions and large prey. Our enemy, the devil, delights in sending us down into the pit. If he can’t secure our souls for the pit of hell, then the pit of despair is the next best thing.

The pit of despair looms before those who are suffering. Pain, loss and confusion generate doubts and fears. That is why Peter reminds us, Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings (1 Peter 5:7-9 NIV).

Climbing out of the pit includes:

  • Honestly acknowledging our suffering to God and giving each worry to Him (We can because He cares!)
  • Practicing self-control in our thoughts and behaviors
  • Actively resisting the enemy instead of passively resigning
  • Remembering that we are not alone in our struggles
  • Remembering that God redeems us from the pit and crowns us with lovingkindness and compassion

The above Psalm infuses hope by saying in essence, “Remember, the Lord delivers His children from the pit of despair!” Count on it. Begin blessing Him today for His promise to rescue you from your pit of despair. Let me know how He does.



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  1. Janis

    That is a very timely word and certainly fits the spot that I am in. God is faithful and does rescue the godly from temptation, even temptation to be anxious, worried, or despairing. To Him be the Praise!

  2. Alan

    Very timely. Thanks for this reminder that God is in control and will always be there to deliver us, even from ourselves.

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