By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe
A pit is used for a hiding place (2 Sam. 17:9) or for a trap such as the one into which Joseph's brothers placed him (Gen. 37:20).
The psalmist tells us here that the proud (the wicked) have dug pits for him, not just one, but many. In the physical world, this would be like digging holes along the path of a certain person so that, if he did not fall into the first, he would certainly fall into one before he reached his destination.
These are the pits that Satan sets for us so that, as we walk along our Christian path, we may be caught unaware of the pits that he has dug for us. His workers, people in this world who are his cohorts, are constantly digging pits for the Christians, whether that be Atheism, Evolution, Philosophy, or Science falsely so-called, they are pits that believers, if not aware of them, may fall into them and cause harm to their witness and testimony of Christ Jesus.
Others besides true believers also walk over these pits and are more easily caught by them, since they are not vigilant to look for these pits. Higher education has caught more people into these pits than anything I can image except for many churches who have taken up Neo-orthodoxy and Liberalism.
The psalmist identifies these pits to make us aware of them. He finished this verse by saying that they are "not after thy law." They do not fit in the content and context of Scripture--"thy law."
So, it is imperative that every true believer in Jesus Christ take much time to renew his mind (Rom. 12:2) in the Scriptures so that he may recognize these pits when they come close lest he be deceived at least temporarily.
Remember the Scriptures tell us through Peter in 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
And notice what Jeremiah said in Jer. 18:20 . . . Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul . . .
One last Scripture that will give us comfort: Psalms 94:13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
So, someday a pit will be "digged for the wicked," and they will be cast into that pit where they shall received the just recompense of their reward (Heb. 2:2).