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

Rebuild The Wall and Hang The Gates

When Nehemiah got word that the walls around Jerusalem were destroyed, it greatly grieved him. The walls were destroyed 150 years earlier. No doubt he had known that the walls were down. He just thought surely someone had put them back up. He wept! This produced a passion within him to rebuild those walls and hang the gates.

Romans 15:4 (NKJV)
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

1 Cor. 10:11 (NKJV)
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

So what is the wall? Our wall is our relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. A believer can’t lose his wall but you can neglect it to the point that the wall becomes weakened! Nehemiah had to lead a team to remove the rubbish first before he can rebuild. Confess any known sin and get rid of it…that is rubbish and you can’t rebuild the wall until it is gone!

Rebuild it with the right ingredients…read the Word daily; pray daily; verbally express your faith daily; and exercise your spiritual muscles by serving God!

Don’t get distracted…when Sanballat asked Nehemiah to come down and let’s talk, Nehemiah said no for he was involved in a great work! Don’t let good things distract you from great things.

Why is this important? The wall of Jerusalem protected their treasures…everything that they valued. Your wall protects your treasure: your personal purity, your name, your reputation…but also as a dad or mom, that wall protects your children from an onslaught of Satan!

Passion pays off! Nehemiah had a great passion that produced a great plan and that led to an accomplished work! They finished the wall in 52 days! Wow! With great determination, you too can turn your life around. You can put your spiritual walk on firm footing. Determine that nothing will stop you until you have a wall up that the enemy can not break through.

Hang the gates! The gates and doors were the place where people and things would come and go! Some things were not allowed to get into Jerusalem. The gates and doors represent your personal convictions based on the absolute truths of Scripture. Some things you do not need to allow access to your home or to your personal life. Be careful the movies you watch, the music you listen too, or the books you read. List your convictions and go over them with your family.

Work your plan! Express your faith out loud: I trust you God for…! Pray using the ACTS fromula: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication. Read one chapter a day from scripture: start with Phillippians. This is your goal: 21 minutes a day for 21 days.


If Need Be….

The call comes that ushers you into the worst crisis of your life. Over time, hope begins to disappear. You are well aware of your utter helplessness. It is time to stand still and consider your God.

If need be, God can speak and hang the sun and the moon.

If need be, God can operate, remove a rib, and create a helpmate.

If need be, God can cause it to rain for 40 days and nights.

If need be, God can send confusion to a mis-directed building crew.

If need be, God can direct you to a land you do not know.

If need be, God can provide a sacrifice when one is needed.

If need be, God can cause a womb to flourish even when it is past the time of child bearing.

If need be, God can bring you out of prison and give you the position of Vice President.

If need be, God can protect a baby in a crocodile infested Nile.

If need be, God can speak from a burning bush that is not consumed.

If need be, God can cause a rod to turn into a snake.

If need be, God can send frogs, flies, boils, gnats, locusts, darkness, disease, and death to our enemy.

If need be, God can cause our enemy to give us his gold and silver.

If need be, God can part the sea.

If need be, God can dry up muddy ground so we can walk on it.

If need be, God can drown the whole advancing enemy army.

If need be, God can give water from a rock.

If need be, God can send manna in the morning every day for 40 years.

If need be, God can cause clothes and shoes not to wear out for 40 years.

If need be, God can speak from the darkness.

If need be, God can give us the land occupied by others.

If need be, God can defeat our enemies and drive them out of the land.

If need be, God can send angels to surround us.

If need be, God can raise up a righteous judge.

If need be, God can bring down the house using a blind strong man.

If need be, God can stop the rain.

If need be, God can use a 17 year old boy to slay a giant.

If need be, God can remove a king.

If need be, God can shut the mouths of lions.

If need be, God can cause the sun and the planets to stand still.

If need be, God can rescue a prophet out of a well.

If need be, God can provide plenty of food for two widow ladies.

If need be, God can arrange a wedding for you with your kinsman redeemer.

If need be, God can provide food for you during a famine.

If need be, God can take your last container of oil and flour and fill it up again and again.

If need be, God can restore life to your son.

If need be, God can remove the reproach of barrenness and give you a child who will bless God.

If need be, God can cause a whale to swallow you to get you back on course.

If need be, God can send fire to consume a soggy altar and sacrifice.

If need be, God can stand with you in the fire, insuring that not even your hair gets singed.

If need be, God can turn a king into a crazy man in order for the king to give God glory.

If need be, God can give you a dream.

If need be, God can interpret the dream.

If need be, God can feed you with ravens.

If need be, God can pay taxes from a fish you catch.

If need be, God can make the lame walk.

If need be, God can calm the sea.

If need be, God can cause writing to appear on a blank wall.

If need be, God can make a donkey talk.

If need be, God can multiply fish and bread.

If need be, God can heal a leprous hand.

If need be, God can touch a little girl and restore life.

If need be, God can roll the stone away.

If need be, God can knock the hell out of the grave.

If need be, God can do anything He wants to do.

So why do we ever worry?

2 Chron. 20:12-18 (NLT) O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph. He said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat! Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” Then King Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord.

We love yall. Let us know how we can pray for you.

Billy and Sheilah Daws

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