March 04, 2020 – Wednesday
Psalm 143:3-4 NKJV
3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in dark places,
Like those who have long been dead.
4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is distressed.
The NKJV gives this Psalm a title David did not give it, An Earnest Appeal for Guidance and Deliverance. Read through the Psalm’s twelve verses and see if you think the title fits. It was only on the second and third reading it seemed to fit more and more. Certainly from our two verses above we can see David’s desire for deliverance. Deliverance and Guidance are easily seen in verses nine and ten.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;
In You I take shelter.
10 Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.
However, let us look at our verses for today. Notice David is not saying he is being physically persecuted, but the enemy has persecuted his soul. David is clearly in misery. David Guzik calls it soul-misery. Guzik goes on to show how David describes his soul-misery: His life felt crushed…to the ground. He felt that he lived in dark places as would be true of those long…dead. He felt his spirit to be overwhelmed within himself. He felt his heart to be distressed. Overall, this is a very overwhelming portrayal of great depths of misery in David’s soul.
How can we relate to what David is experiencing in this Psalm? Perhaps, there has been a time in your life (I know there has been in my own) when I felt the whole world was against me and I was overwhelmed with despair. In the depths of my despair, I turned to God as David did. And it was God who brought me out of my despair. Unlike David, it was not any enemies who were causing my despair, but the totality of negative life circumstances that resulted in great despair and depression. All that until the Holy Spirit told me I was too blessed to be depressed. I listened and began repeating the message when people asked me how I was doing, I would reply, “I guess I am too blessed to be depressed.” Oddly enough many people liked hearing that and would come around just to hear me say or repeat it. My despair and depression lifted and once again I could see and be aware of all of God’s blessings around me.
When things seem to be at their worst, turn to God, trust God and one way or the other He will lift you up. For those who trust in Him, who have accepted His free Gift of Grace it has always been so.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton