This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary
Cry out to God
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
As we saw last time, the term wits’ end is only used in the hundred and seventh psalm: “They reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end” (v. 27). The ESV footnote gives an alternate translation: “And all their wisdom was swallowed up.” While the term itself is only used once, the reality of not knowing what to do is seen throughout the Bible.
This psalm is one of the most encouraging psalms for those who are at wits’ end. Why? It’s a psalm about God’s goodness, steadfast love, and deliverance. There are four specific scenarios where “the redeemed” were in great difficulties—mostly because of their own wanderings and sins.
For example, “Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.” Consequently, God “bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help” (v. 10-12). Nevertheless, every time they cried to the Lord in their trouble, “he delivered them from their distress” (v. 6, 13, 19, and 28).
That’s why this psalm ends with: “Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD” (v. 43). God always responded with deliverance, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (v. 1). When you’re at wits’ end, not knowing what to do, cry to Him. It doesn’t even matter if wits’ end is wholly your own fault.
There are a few verses in this psalm that are especially noteworthy when we’ve come to the end of ourselves. We read: “He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste . . . He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water” (v. 33-35).
When we’re at wits’ end, we must know that God’s able to turn things around. He’s able to turn “rivers into a desert” and “a desert into pools of water.” While only time will tell how God will deliver us, whether grace and strength to persevere or complete deliverance from it, we must be persuaded that He’s able to do so. We must be convinced that His goodness and steadfast love is infinitely greater than any of our bewilderments.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You always hear me, especially at our lowest.
The Devotional Writer
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