At Wits’ End

Everywhere we turn recently, God is showing us great things about Psalm 107.  We recently read a great sermon by David Wilkerson.  Just this morning, we heard John MacArthur’s daily broadcast and it was on Psalm 107.  So, we thought we would give our take on Psalm 107. 

This is a great Psalm. The key phrase to the whole psalm is Psalm 107:27b, “…they are at their wits’ end.”  When you are at your wits’ end, you need Psalm 107…and more than that…you need God!  What is wits’ end?  It is that place in your life that there is no possible solution…no human way out…nothing…no ray of hope…no natural means of ending your present situation.  It could be health, finances, relationship, marriage, family, job, etc.

The Psalm begins with a summons:  Psalm 107:1 “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”  The summons is issued by the Holy Spirit as He inspires the writer.  The summons is issued to believers: Psalm 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”  The main thrust of the summons is that thanks is to be given to God!

Psalm 107 is divided into four parts: 

 

  • In verses 4-5, we see the wanderers whose souls have fainted in them because they did not know where to go.
  • In verses 10-12, we see the people bound and imprisoned by their own wrong decisions who have no one to help. 
  • In verses 17-18, we see the foolish who have rejected what could of helped…God’s truth…they are afflicted and near the gates of death 
  • In verses 23-27, we see people who are suddenly overcome by a great storm in life and is at their  wits’ end.

 

 

Each of these parts are divided like this:

 

  • the hopeless situationwandering people, prisoners, fools, and storm-tossed people 
  • the cry for help (vs, 6,13,19,28): hurting people cry out to the Lord
  • God’s response

 

 

v. 7-9 – He satisfied the longing soul of the wanderers and led them where they were to be; 
v14 – He broke the chains of the prisoners;
v. 20 – He sent his Word and healed the foolish;
v. 30 – He guides the storm-tossed to their desired haven.

 

  • Man’s Worship vs. 8,15,21,31: thanksgiving for what God has done, telling others of God’s wonderful work.  The crying out is worship (I can’t but You can!)

 

 

There are certain things that you need to know.  Each hopeless situation in this Psalm and in your life is ordained by God…that means that God either caused it or allowed it.  Whether God caused it or allowed it does not matter because the result is the same: you are in quicksand and you are sinking fast!  The Sovereign Lord has brought us to Wits’ End for a purpose.  1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”  God wants to produce something in your heart.

How do you get out of Wits’ End?  Two things must take place everytime you are at Wits’ End:

 

  • Admit that you are at Wits’ End.  Remember this is the place where you realize that you have no human solution. Psalm 107:27 “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.”
  • Cry out to the Lord in the midst of the stormPsalm 107:28, “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.

 

 

Did you know that you could be prolonging your own storm?  This happens when you continue to murmur, complain, and question the Lord.  This happens when you run to human solutions:  counselors, psychologists, self-help books or tapes.  This happens when you keep looking for the secret, the plan that will deliver you from your pain. 

Stand still. Acknowledge this storm is from God.  Quit trying to figure it out. Cry out from Wits’ End.  Don’t call a friend, a counselor, or a pastor…call God!  Tell Him that you have no ray of hope from any natural prospect.  Admit that God is your only solution.

When the children of Israel were this side of the Red Sea and they saw Pharoah coming, who led them to that spot?  God did it.  They complained and murmur.  They failed the test.  However, God opened up the Red Sea and they were delivered.  On the other side of the Red Sea, they sang a song of thanksgiving.   Where should they have sung that song?  On the side before the deliverance!  God had the same deliverance for them whether they trusted Him or not.  They did not trust and the sea opened.  If they had trusted, the sea would have opened.  But because they didn’t trust Him, an asterisk was placed by their name: 

***Red Sea Test failed – subjects scheduled for repeat test!

So God led them to the bitter waters of Marah.  The waters were too bitter to drink.  Babies crying, old people fainting, and the thirst was awful.  They should have trusted God but, no!…they complained and murmurred which lead to another asterisk by their name and they were scheduled for a repeat test:  

***Bitter waters test failed  – subjects scheduled for repeat test!

Then God took Israel to Rephidim for another water test.  They failed again.  Another asterisk was placed by their name and they were scheduled for another repeat test!  Wow…how dumb are we humans.  The tragedy of Israel is that they never passed.  God led them to wander for 40 years until they just died off and only Joshua and Caleb got to go in because they were the only two that passed the test.

We know that we have had to repeat tests in our lives.  Recorded next to the names of Billy and Sheilah Daws:  

***Faith and Dependence test failed – subjects scheduled for repeat test! 

Noooooo! Not again! Not ever again.  We are at Wits’ End…we have no natural  solution, no human way out, no human answer!  We cry out to God who is our only hope!  No more asterisks.  We trust you. We quit trying to figure it out.  We will not read another self help book. We will not call another friend or pastor with the secret, the plan, the way out!  We trust only God!

David Wilkerson made this comment, “I believe the greatest sign or wonder to the world in these last days isn’t a person who’ been raised from the dead. No, what truly makes an impact on the mind and spirit of the ungodly is the Christian who endures all trials, storms, pain, and suffering with a confident faith. Such a believer emerges from his troubles stronger in character, stronger in faith, stronger in  Christ.”

When the subject or subjects of Psalm 107 came to this place, God delivered them from their distresses and the darkness.  They then went into a worship service of thanksgiving.  Maybe you are at your Wits’ End. Admit it. And stand still and watch God work:

Psalm 107:33-38 “God turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it.  He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings.  There He makes     the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place,  And sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest.  He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; and He does not let their cattle decrease.”

Read Psalm 107:8,15,21,31 and hear how God so wants us to give Him thanks! For the next few days try refraining from asking God for things and only thank Him.   Keep a list on the refrigerator of things you are thankful for and have everyone add to the list each time the fridge is opened this week. Have a happy, thankful Thanksgiving!!

Giving thanks for yall,

Billy and Sheilah Daws

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