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Hindsight is 20/20 but UP-sight is PERFECT! - Psalm 40:1-3

Hindsight is 20/20 but UP-sight is PERFECT! 

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 the LORD
   and put their trust in him.
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BlogFam, Have you ever heard the phrase: Hindsight is always 20/20? If you have or if you have not, it simply means that when we look back at a situation after having experienced it, we can clearly see how we could have responded to the situation in a better way.  Such is life!  I am sure that over the course of this fast, you look back and you can see how you could have disciplined yourself in a much better way in order to remain true to your commitment to yourself and to God.  Now this does not mean you have to beat yourself up because you broke your fast a time or two or three or you did not read every Lenten devotional passage you said you would read [or listen to] or you allowed your frustration to get the best of you instead of praying and reading your bible more during this time.  NO!  Do not beat yourself up!  Confess your faults to yourself and to God, be forgiven and move on. 

Friends, I just believe that in your looking back, even with the faltering missteps along your fasting journey, you will see 20/20.  You will see more clearly how you could have responded to your commitment in a better way.  You will look back.  You will see.  You will learn.  You will move on.  You will THANK GOD for the grace and mercy to do all of the above! AND our God will put a new song in your mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Furthermore, your experience will still be a testimony to be shared with others so that many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.

This is how the Psalmist experience of deliverance out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and the mire ends – with praise and testimony!  Now, we did read that he waited patiently for the Lord, the Lord turned to the psalmist and heard his cry. But these vague details peak my interest. 

My question is this – How did the psalmist end up in the mud and the mire in the first place?  I wonder how long the psalmist was in the mud and mire before all this patience kicked in.  I wonder if the psalmist mud and mire was due to an external attack or based on the internal struggle with sin and weight that can so easily beset us all.  I wonder how far down did the Lord have to reach in order to lift up the Psalmist and to then set the Psalmist upon a rock, a firm place to stand.  I wonder if the Psalmist personal choices led the psalmist away from the rock that was sufficiently sturdy yet perhaps not exciting enough or not popular enough for the Psalmist to just stay right there in the first place. 

Come on BlogFam, you know that there is always more to the stories we tell in our own lives.  We hit and miss details for whatever reasons and I believe the same is true even in the Bible.  There are so many details that I wonder about.  Not that these details would shift my faith one way or the other, but I do wonder about the whole story and today, I wonder about the whole story about this particular Psalm.  I wonder, yet I am grateful that I am privileged to know that this Psalmist has admitted to tripping, stumbling, falling, wavering to the point or a place below where the Lord would have the Psalmist to stand.  And AFTER praying and waiting and crying and expecting, the Lord turned and heard and lifted and set him on a rock, a firm place, above the place where the Psalmist had found himself. 

Perhaps, this is where you want to see yourself – on a rock, a firm place, above where you are right now.  And while the lessons learned from your 20/20 vision in hindsight may not get you there, I would venture to suggest that shifting your vision UP-sight [Yes, I just made up a word] will!  UP-sight vision is the key.  Hindsight will only take you so far because at some point you will have to turn around and face your present situation and move forward into your future destination. And while you may have learned some invaluable lessons from looking back – Hindsight is 20/20 – if you do not have the UP-sight that is necessary for you seek the LORD in every situation, your own sight will always fall short of the vision that the Lord will provide when you use your UP-sight!  Look UP, BlogFam, and the Lord will Lift UP everything about you and your situation!

My sistas and brothas, whatever your slimy pit, mud and mire looks like, feels like, smells like, tastes like, or sounds like, the Lord is ABLE to lift you UP out of IT!  The Lord is able to set you above what you are going through and give you a new song!  The Lord is able to give you a firm place to stand and a hymn of praise to sing when you get there!  And because the Lord is so good, the Lord will turn your mess into a message so that many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.  Your mud and your mire will be used to inspire someone else to shift their vision UP-sight so that the Lord will turn and hear and lift them above their mess, just as the Lord has done for you!

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