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Help Me, Lord! I'm Drowning in Despair!

"The distresses of God's people sometimes prevail to such a degree that they cannot find any footing for their faith, nor keep their head above water, with any comfortable expectation." - Matthew Henry

Throughout the Scriptures, we find such terminology as - "deep waters," "floods of ungodly men," "waterflood," "proud waters," as well as "abundance of waters" - which depict circumstances that are desperate, beyond control, or hopeless. They serve to paint a Picture of Great Despair.

In this message, we would like to address the topic of Despair, following the Outline - the Picture of Despair, the Prayer out of Despair, along with the Power of Deliverance from Despair.

If you are presently facing overwhelming odds, may the Holy Spirit uplift, comfort, and assure you, through His Word, of a Way out of your Distress and Troubles. That way is Jesus.

I. The Picture Of Despair

  • Job 22:11 - "...and abundance of waters cover thee."

Throughout the Scriptures, "abundance of waters" or floods of waters are emblematic of great calamities which seek to overwhelm you. You find yourself at your wits' end, amazed, bewildered, and uncertain about what to do, where to turn, or what particular course to take. You feel as though you are in a mist - in the midst of dark waters or thick clouds - which are blinding your vision and direction.

  • Psalm 18:4 - "The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid."

Here, the forces of the enemy coming against you are described as "floods of ungodly men." The wicked, who oppose your bold stand for God, are depicted as streams or torrents pouring in upon you, rushing upon you like irresistible waves of the sea - seeking to upset, knock down, or wipe out your righteous position and testimony.

  • Psalm 69:1-2, 14-15 - "Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me... Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me."

These bitter "waters" of affliction - the deep, raging, overpowering waters - symbolic of calamities and great physical and spiritual danger - are threatening your life and disturbing and troubling your mind. Your heart is greatly oppressed and laden down with grief, sorrow, and overwhelming heaviness.

Like "deep waters" swirling around your mind, you find yourself in a state of fear, dismay, confusion, and shock as to what is going on and what to do at this point.

It seems as though your troubles have thrust you into the gulf of Despair where the "waterflood" or your overwhelming calamities continuously seek to drown you or "swallow" you up.

Your fears have seemingly locked you up in a "pit" of anguish, covered by darkness and distress, leaving you no possibility of deliverance.

  • Psalm 124:4-5 - "Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul."

The "proud waters" - like an arrogant, superconfident, and haughty ruler - rage, swell, and roll across your soul, causing a great tumult, commotion, and disturbance in your emotions and thoughts.

  • Isaiah 43:2 - "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."

You are not exempt from the "waters" nor the "fire" which are expressive of disaster and danger. You are passing through the "waters" and walking through the "fire" which both seek to destroy your life and soul.

  • Lamentations 3:54 - "Waters flowed over mine head; then said I, I am cut off."

This is figurative language for great mental trouble and torment. Your mind is continuously plagued with a deluge of despairing thoughts.

II. The Prayer Out Of Despair

  • Psalm 69:1 - "Save me, O God..."

Oftentimes, it is usually the case that, when you find yourself in such perplexing times, you cannot even pray. You are so troubled in your spirit that words are hard to find to express the deep, deep anguish of your soul.

David, the Psalmist, knew that moment of Great Despair. All he could utter was a simple but most effective and powerful prayer to the God of his salvation - "Save me, O God..."

You may feel as though you are drowning in the depths of Despair. Cry out like David to the God of your salvation - "Save me, O God..."

Cry out in the morning...at noontime...in the evening...at the midnight hour...at the dawning of the new day...- "Save me, O God..."

Let all of heaven hear you.
Let the powers of Darkness know that you have had enough.

Don't let anyone silence your pleas for deliverance.
From the ends of the earth, cry out to your God and Redeemer - "Save me, O God..."

Just as He did for David, He will hear your humble cry and help you.

III. The Power Of Deliverance From Despair

  • Psalm 18:16 - "He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters."

  • Luke 8:24 - "And they came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm."

The Lord Jesus - the One Who has all power in heaven and in earth - will come and rescue you. He will walk on the very "waters" - that are disturbing your soul - to get to you.

With His Mighty outstretched hand, He will take hold of you, rescue you, and draw you out of the angry waves and turbulent waters which seek to destroy you.

Be confident of this one thing - You are not going under; you are going over.

The Lord Jesus - the One who reigns over all - will rebuke the "raging of the water" swirling over your soul and bring a great "calm" once again to your mind, emotions, and life in general.

Be encouraged today.
Let God hear from you, and you will certainly hear from Him.

"Save me, O God..."

He surely will. He is in the Saving Business. And that which He does, He does well.

May God Bless His Word.

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