How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the LORD.
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.
We’re only human. And sometimes, we just need to admit that deep down, we’re really in a sorry state. We need to take off the mask, take some notes from the Psalmist and pour out our troubled selves before God.
“I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path.” (Psalm 142:2-3a)
Hasn’t your spirit ever felt overwhelmed?
What do I do in that moment when my spirit is overwhelmed? Do I trust that God knows my path? Do I pour out my complaint before Him, do I tell Him my troubles?
As I read a few different places in the Psalms this morning, I took note of a few things. See if you can relate…
In Psalm 142-143, David shares these things about the state he’s in.
His soul is
His spirit is
He says his heart is
desolate…(or, in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness…bleakly and depressingly empty or bare)
Can you relate?
But…what does he do? What can we learn from David about what to do in the midst of these raw, frail, REAL human emotions?
He writes that in the midst of all of this,
“I remember days of old”
“I meditate on all Your doings”
“I muse on the work of Your hands”
“I stretch out my hands to You”
“my soul longs for You, as a parched land”
“to You I lift up my soul”
When his spirit is overwhelmed and failing, he says
“let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground”
“for the sake of Your Name, revive me”
He knows that when his heart feels desolate, he can turn it over to the One who knows his path. The One who sees his turmoil.
I flipped to Psalm 119 and read verses 25-40, and found the Psalmist in a state similar to the state David was in, and looked to see what he did.
In Psalm 119:25 & 28, the Psalmist says
“my soul cleaves to the dust“
“my soul weeps because of grief“
Here are the actions that he takes, even in the midst of his despair…the actions that I can take in the midst of my times of turmoil…(meaning, I have to choose in that moment NOT to sit and wallow in misery and despair…)
he meditates on God’s wonders
he chooses the faithful way
he places God’s ordinances before him
he clings to God’s testimonies
he runs the way of God’s commandments (I love that it says he RUNS!! Running takes focus, determination, training, strength…)
he keeps God’s law with ALL of his heart.
He turns to Truth. The Truth of God’s Word.
He turns his heart to the One who can revive it.
He knows that even though his soul cleaves to the dust,
God’s Word will REVIVE HIM.
He knows that even though his soul weeps because of grief,
God’s Word will STRENGTHEN HIM.
What does God do?? In this particular passage, it says that He…
enlarges our heart
inclines our heart to Him
revives our heart
God is enough. God is with us in our darkest moments, giving us CPR and giving us strength and understanding when we turn hearts to Him and cry to Him.
In reading and turning the pages of His WORD…in saturating our minds and hearts with His Truth He revives us, His WORD strengthens us.
And, just a little reminder for all of us…
1 Thessalonians 5:14 reminds us to “…encourage the fainthearted…to help the weak…”
Sometimes, it’s not us walking through times of desolation…but there are plenty around us who are. We need to be alert to the ones around us…to be sensitive to God’s Spirit…looking for opportunities to encourage the fainthearted…to help the weak.
Sometimes His voice will speak through us into someone else’s dark moment. If you’ve been there you know that encouragement can be light in the darkest darkness.
In order to be sensitive to those around us, we must be alert and sober…pray without ceasing…abide in Him…seek Him with all of our hearts so we can hear His voice and know His voice.
We have to be turning the pages of His Word and meditating on the Truth in His Word so we can draw closer to His heart.
Father, thank You for Your Word that teaches me how I can respond when I am overwhelmed and distressed. Thank You for the rawness of the Psalms that show that our feelings are real, but that we need to cling to the truth of Your Word and the promise that You will hear us, strengthen us, revive us. Help us to be aware of those around us who are fainthearted and weak…help us to shine Your Light of Truth in their darkness. Like You shine Light into ours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you…”