A Cheer within Despair
“Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, ‘I am slipping!’ but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer” (Psalm 94.17-19 NIV).
There are times when we will find ourselves on the verge of slipping into a dark place of despair. WIth all hope lost and our dreams crushed, the silence of the grave seems more alluring than the ugliness of our situation. The ache in our heart penetrates to the farthest corners of our souls, and the heavy weight of confusion, disappointment and defeatism becomes thick like water in our lungs. We can’t breathe. We can’t think. We can’t move. We are sinking in a deep pit and there is no more strength within us to claw our way out or to cry for help. However, it is at our darkest moments that God’s help shines the brightest. If only we would believe in the truth that He loves us, we could stand firm on His promise to bring us His comfort and restore our hope. Even when the circumstances surrounding us reek with doubt and death, we can offer a sliver of faith to an unseen and loving God; and that tiny speck of trust will unleash the abounding faithfulness, love and peace of God into our lives. And just maybe, we will find a supernatural portion of “renewed hope and cheer” in our most desperate hour of need.
“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them” (Isaiah 42.16 NLT).