What to Do When You’re Faint of Heart

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  Psalm 61:2

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a situation that was troubling to you, yet beyond your control?  Perhaps it is a struggle that a loved one is facing, or the loss of a job.  Maybe it is relational conflict between you and someone else.  The situation is one that grieves you, but there is nothing that you can really do about it.  The feeling you get is almost that of helplessness.  When I read Psalm 61, I am left with the impression that David was in one of those situations.  What he writes is an encouragement to us because it shows us what to do and where to go whenever we are feeling faint of heart.

The first thing David does is to express his DEPENDENCE upon the Lord.  In the first four verses, he says, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.  From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.  Selah.”  There were times in David’s life when trouble seemed to come from all sides.  When he was a young man, he was unjustly pursued and persecuted by King Saul.  David grew in wisdom and strength and spiritual depth during those difficult years.  When he became king, trouble didn’t have to look very hard to find him.  It was later on his life that one of his own sons led a rebellion against him which brought great grief to his heart.  How did David respond when his heart was faint, when he felt overwhelmed?  He went before God in serious prayer and worship.  He took his “cry” to the Lord and pleaded with God.  When the waves of adversity came crashing all around him, David recognized that God was his Rock in whom he could find rest and refuge.

Second, David expresses his CONFIDENCE in the Lord.  In verses 5-7 he says, “For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.  You will prolong the king’s life, his years as many generations.  He shall abide before God forever.  Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!”  David knows that the difficult situation he finds himself in is only temporary.  It is merely a season in life.  The good things about seasons is that they come and go.  You may find yourself in a difficult season of life today.  Let me encourage you by saying that the season will pass and another will come!  Think about God’s faithfulness and goodness.  Remind yourself of His righteous character.  The God of the universe who calls the stars by name also knows you by name, and you can rest confident that He will lead you through the seasons of life in His own time.  The affliction of this present life is light and momentary, but it is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (see 2 Cor. 4:16-17).

Last, David expressed his OBEDIENCE to the Lord.  He says in verse 8, “So I will sing praise to Your name forever, that I may daily perform my vows.”  David simply acknowledges that he is going to obey God no matter what.  Though he is in a rough patch in his life, he is going to take it one day at a time and do what he knows God has asked him to do.  Friend, there is no reason for us to worry about those things that we have no control over.  Instead, we should focus on simple obedience as disciples of Jesus Christ.

When you’re faint of heart, go the Rock who is higher than you!  Express your dependence upon the Lord by crying out to Him, trusting in Him, and leaning on Him.  Express your confidence in the Lord, for He is faithful and will see you through.  Express your obedience to the Lord by simply doing what He has commanded you to do.  Be encouraged!

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

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