our help when we are overwhelmed (Psalm 142, part 3)
“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me.” (Psalm 142:3)
Beloved, we have been here before, these waves of sorrow and sadness, weariness and hurt washing over us and leaving us feeling overwhelmed. We have walked through this familiar land before, and we will walk through it yet again.
Please know this, dear one: when you feel overwhelmed and alone. When you feel like you are crushing under this wave of hurt and that ache of your broken heart. When you feel like giving up and letting go. When you feel like you are carrying the weight of sorrow heavier than this world, like these pieces of your fractured soul have been trampled on too many times.
He has not left you. He has never left you, beloved. He is right here.
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:7-8)
Sometimes, it takes us coming to the end of our ropes to we see who truly holds on to us, who carries us in these days of darkness. Us sin-marred and broken people, we tend to turn to the works of our hands and strive to work it all out ourselves. We try, and we forget — our Lord is the Almighty One, El-Shaddai.
He is our King, who wore a crown of thorns to write out His Love for us with His blood. He is our Savior, who bent down low to walk the road to Calvary and carry our sins to the cross. He is our God, who lets His heart be broken again and again for our sin and our suffering, until His stripes have made your heart whole. He rose from the grave so that He can lift you up, too.
“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25)
This week, beloved, know that you can bring to Him your sin and your sorrow. Nothing is hidden from our God; no darkness and no snare can reach you without Him knowing. No worry or struggle, no pain or brokenness is ever wasted when you turn to your Maker, the Almighty God. His goodness weaves graces into your story. His love turns your darkness into a story of hope.
So let us cry out to the God Almighty when we feel overwhelmed and trapped, knowing that He carries us through. Let us lift our cries for help to the One who walks with us in this journey of life, knowing He will make straight our path, holding our hand.
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