“Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”” Psalms 40:11-15 NLT
David felt like the troubles in his life were innumerable. He even compares them to the hairs on his head in number. Recently, I researched the number of hairs an average person has. Interestingly, i found that it varies, depending on the color. Red headed people are normally in the 90,000 range. Dark headed people about 100,000-110,000. Blondes were at a whopping 130,000. In the New Testament, Jesus spoke about this very issue. “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 NLT Since God knows every hair on our head, surely He knows all about our troubles. David also felt the agony of his past sins. He saw them as a pit that he was in and it's walls were too high to climb out. He even says that his courage to continue is gone. He was in a desperate place! Our sins often plague us and taunt us, relentlessly. We feel incapable of overcoming them. We find ourselves in a desperate place. We become overwhelmed and we feel like the enemy has the upper hand. We sense the heckling of the enemy as he sees us down and discouraged. Satan and his minions laugh at us and jeer. The enemy wants to make us think that we are defeated. He wants to remind us of just how incapable we are. He's right. The fact is this - none of us are capable. There is only One who ran this race of life and won it. His name is Jesus!!! Only God can give us help in our troubles and grant hope beyond our sin. Like David, we must cry out to God for His merciful deliverance. In his loving kindness He reaches down into the pit of our despair and pulls us up. He, then, sets our feet on solid ground. A look back at the beginning of this chapter and we will see this. “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” Psalms 40:2 NLT Today, no matter how terrible things may seem, God is your refuge and strength! “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalms 46:1 NLT Give it all to Him and trust Him with it. HE IS ABLE!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris