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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This is figurative language for great mental
trouble and torment. Your mind is continuously plagued with a deluge of
II. The Prayer Out Of Despair
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
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
Be confident of this one thing - You are not going under; you are going
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
May God Bless His Word.
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