The passage we come to this morning is such a comfort to me. It is the psalmist pouring out his heart to God. One might even say he is complaining. Should a Christian complain to God? I believe so. In fact, I am fairly certain He is the only one we really should be complaining to. David certain did his share of it in the Psalms. Here is just one other example.
Psalms 142:2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
There have been times, that I am so overwhelmed, and so boxed in by my circumstances that I just cannot see where to turn. So what should we do? That is the subject of this passage. Let’s look at it.
Section 4 (Daleth)
Psalms 119:25-32 DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.
I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
The first thing that becomes obvious to me as I read these verses is the emotional state of the psalmist. Look at the language:
- My soul cleaveth unto the dust…
- My soul meltheth for heaviness…
Are these the words of someone who is skipping on their way to work? Probably not. Although we are often very good at masking our emotions to give other the impression that everything is wonderful.
The term “my soul melteth” comes from the idea of dripping, or weeping. I had a dear friend, now in Heaven, who used to say that sometimes his heart would be squeezed so hard the juice would pour out of his eyes. That is what the psalmist is experiencing. How often does David speak of weeping in the psalms.
Psalms 6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
Psalms 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Psalms 42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
Psalms 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
Psalms 116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Sometimes as Christians, especially Pastors, we can fall into the trap of believing the lie that if we are saved, we shouldn’t ever be down. I have even heard some well-known preachers say, “If you aren’t going to Hell, then you don’t have any real problems!”
Dear friend, man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. (Job) To deny this is not only to be dishonest, but is to lose the opportunity to help those who are troubled, by pointing them to the One who can hear and heal.
Yes, Christians have many days when their soul is brought low. Christians often have heavy hearts. Let us acknowledge it. Then, let us deal with it as the psalmist did.
Where do we find him in this time? Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me tothe rock that is higher than I.
He takes his complaint, and his heaviness to God. He searches for answers in His Word.
He asks for God to teach him His statutes; he asks to be strengthened; he asks to be made alive: all according to God’s Word. He knows the promises God has made. He knows that what God has promised, He is also able to perform.
The psalmist is overwhelmed. He feels he cannot go on. He doesn’t have the strength. I have been there. So have you.
As we continue to look at this text we see that his cause is not hopeless, even if he is helpless. He knows where his help comes from. He knows that God can provide the strength he lacks. He knows that God’s Word is true.
Look at the last verse in our text. An enlarged heart is one that is cleared from all difficulties. It is dilated to allow for greater blood flow and oxygen. A heart with a diminished capacity affects every aspect of daily life. The psalmist says, “I am worn down so that I can barely stand, but I know that I could run if you would enlarge my heart.”
There is no resolution to this complaint within these 8 verses, only a confidence that the answer is found in God and His Word. Sometimes there is no quick solution to the problems we are facing in our own lives, and we should not be so quick to tell people to “get over it.” Confindence in God does not remove a broken heart. It simply give hope to the hurting that healing is possible. And my friend…healing, comfort, and strength are all available to you today in God.
Let us learn to do as the psalmist did. Take your pain to the Father. Take your complaint. Pour it out. He stands ready the hear and to help.
When I am incredibly ill, I go to the doctor in the hopes that he will help me to feel better; maybe not immediately but soon. If I am too weak to even stand, I may ask someone to take me. No one needs to take you to the Father. He is close by. Only a word or a thought away. Right now, wherever you are…speak to Him.
There is so much that I could go on to say. So many hymns come to my mind. I would encourage you to get out a hymn book and read the words to such hymns as:
- Does Jesus Care?
- Tell it to Jesus
- No Not One
- Precious Lord Take My Hand
Isa 40:28-31Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Teach me Lord to wait.
Heavenly Father, right now there are people who are worn down, trying desperately to bear up under a load of care. I have been there before. I expect I will be there again in the future. Lord, Your Word provides me with hope. Please, give me strength when I am weak, comfort when I sorrow, and enlarge my heart to run, when I can barely walk. I know that You can do this, and I know that I can do nothing unless you do. Give me compassion today for those who are hurting. Deliver me from a callous heart, and let your grace flow through me to those in need. Father, I know you care because Your Word tells me so. Never let me forget where my help comes from. In Jesus name, amen.