Depths of Despair

Many times I’ve been in the depths of despair, sadness, loneliness. Sometimes I know what caused the downward spiral. Other times life seems pretty good, but I wake up one morning with an inexplicable weight on my chest …out of the blue. But always, I have found comfort in the Psalms.

A favorite of mine is Psalm 139. It talks about “making my bed in the depths,” and that part about “the darkness hiding me and the light becoming night around me,” describes so well those feelings of being lost in hopelessness. And yet, it’s also reassuring because God says it’ll be okay. He says that no matter how low I go, His love will always find me and that even the blackest night is not dark to Him. Some how, some way, He will always find a way to bring His light into my darkness and help me resurface again.

I hope these promises will comfort you as they do me….

◄ Psalm 139 NIV ►

1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.

5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts,a God!
How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you….

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Bed in the depths

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2 thoughts on “Depths of Despair

  1. That is one of my favorite scriptures as well Mycah. Thank you for the reminder how God is everywhere and ALWAYS CARING even if we don’t feel Him sometimes>

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  2. It’s so true. The battle lies in the struggle to truly believe those promises in faith, when we don’t FEEL their truth. It is so much easier to beleive that what our emotions are telling us is the truth, when usually they lie. I’m so glad you found this helpful. Thank you for letting me know it touched you.

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