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Psalm 143: The Outcry of an Overwhelmed Spirit

by | Jul 8, 2024

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One can hardly doubt that David was here speaking of spiritual trouble and anguish, and that the enemy who had so persecuted his soul was his spiritual enemy. This does not mean that there were no temporal sorrows nor earthly foes to add bitterness to his spirit; in fact, in all probability, there were – and very painful ones, too. But the language here seems to carry our thoughts instinctively from David’s sorrows to Him Who was particularly the Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief! Indeed, our Redeemer’s life was smitten down to the ground; and He was shut up in the dark prison-house of the grave, as one who was doomed to slumber there until the last trump and the voice of God should recall the sleeping dust!

We often go through seasons of perplexity and great trial, when our way seems hedged up with thorns on the right hand and on the left. We hardly know where to take ourselves, nor in what direction to turn our hesitating steps; for each and every pathway presents the same hindrances and equal difficulties. Many a child of God, besides David, has had to grope along in such darkness. But in such times as these, it is a special comfort and privilege to remember the days of old, and to meditate on all the ways by which the Lord has led us in times past! (verse 5) It is wonderful to recall to our memories how He has opened up paths of usefulness which we knew nothing about, how He has removed hindrances which were in our way, and how He has made even our enemies to be at peace with us. And while we thus trace the Lord’s goodness, and as we recognize His guiding hand in every previous step of our weary pilgrimage, then light once more springs up in the darkness! (Ps. 112:4) Exceedingly great and precious promises are brought home to our hearts, with all their reviving power and consolation – and we feel assured that He Who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow never leaves us nor forsakes us; and that those whom He loves, He loves unto the very end. Even though heaviness may endure throughout a long and weary night, we can still join with the Psalmist and offer up our prayer with unwavering trust – resting assured that He will, in His own time and way, cause the darkness to disperse; and that we shall once more hear His loving voice in the morning (verse 8), saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it!” 

O Lord Jehovah! Thank You for the precious memories of all the ways by which You have led us in times past, and for removing hindrances which were in our way! Continue to do the same for us now, we beseech You. Amen.

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