David the Psalmist tells of his being overwhelmed by unbearable troubles:
“My heart is sorely pained within me: all the terrors of death are fallen
upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed
me” (Psalm 55:4-5).
Search the Scriptures through and you will not find any man of God speak more
than David did about trusting God. No one spoke more about seeking and waiting
on the Lord for strength in the time of need. It was David who testified he
feared no evil, even though he walked through the valley of death—because the
Lord was with him.
But there fell upon David a series of deep and painful distresses that shook
his faith. At one low point when he seemed hopeless, he cried, “All men are
liars!” He was speaking out of his overwhelming pain and sorrow. All spoken
words of comfort and hope have not come to pass; it all seems like a lie.
There was an all-out attack on David’s faith. He was not accusing God of
lying—but all the voices coming at him from all sides. David was at the place
of despair. He looked for an escape “that I had the wings like a dove, I’d
fly away from all this despairing and find a place of rest.”
When I speak about being overwhelmed, I know what I speak of. My daughter Debi
has just been operated on for cancer. My 29-year-old grandson Brandon is
undergoing chemotherapy for 4th stage cancer. David was right: “Fearfulness
and trembling fall upon us.”
What does the believing child of God do in these overwhelming hours? We do as
“As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord will save me. Evening, and
morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my
voice…[and] deliver my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for
there were many with me” (Psalm 55:15-18).
Go to prayer—steal way and get into the Lord’s presence. Even if you do it
quietly, cry out your pain and ask for peace to come upon you. We must do more
than trust. We must stay in God’s Word and pray the promises back to him.
My family and I are walking in faith and relying on God’s faithfulness to his
Word. God is good!