There are times when we feel like we are caught in those waves. When one thing after another comes sweeping in on us, we can feel overwhelmed. And at times, we feel pulled and dragged in all kinds of directions. There are unrelenting illnesses, job frustrations, relationship struggles and a myriad of other things that seem to want to thrash us or pull us under. There are times we just don’t know what to do to cope with the waves and breakers of life that want to swamp us and drag us under.
David would have understood how we feel in those times. In Psalm 42, he wrote:
“My soul is downcast within me... Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” David was in deep despair and he says it felt like he was caught in the surf and there was no escape. And notice as well that he says that it was God’s waves and breakers that swept over him. It may have been other people or illnesses but he knows that God allowed it to happen and so he calls out to God to restore his hope once again. He urges himself to trust in God but at the very moment, it seems like it’s just too much.
We get that, don’t we. We know God has us and that God our loving Father has us and holds us in his loving hands, but it still all seems to be so overwhelming. What do we do? We do as David did in Psalm 42 and 42. He keeps hoping. He keeps trusting. He keeps urging himself to put his hope in God and praying that he will again praise him, his Savior and his God. But it may take a while. Psalm 43 gives a more positive expression of hope but we don’t know how long it was between Psalm 42 and 43; maybe months... maybe years. Yet David had hope and ultimately he could say that he will praise God who is his Savior.