In my job I do a lot of home visits. Often I am asked to sit down, but I usually decline the offer. My work keeps me so busy there is rarely time to sit and stay a while, even though sometimes I would like to.
That’s why Psalm 107:10 struck me so deeply.
“Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery.”
As one who tends towards depression I certainly identify with the dark and gloom, but actually sitting in it disturbed me.
I began to wonder how many times sadness had invited me in and I chose to agree, sit down for a proverbial cup of tea, and stay a while? Were there times I actually chose this sad and gloomy environment as a place to sit?
As I went on in the text, conviction set in.
“They rebelled against the the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High.” Psalm 107:11
Ouch. Double ouch.
There I was, sitting in gloomy sadness, directly as a result of choosing to rebel against the Word of God.
And not in the ways I might traditionally think of rebellion. These traditional thoughts would have seen rebellion as lying, falling into old sin habits, maybe not spending enough quiet time in His Word….etc. But in fact, I was spending time in His Word, I just spent more time and effort refusing to believe that His Word is true.
God cares about me? He loves me? He hears my prayers? I read these things. I read His encouraging Word, but in my heart the uproarious rebellion raged on.
His Word can’t be true…He can’t love you…you are a failure.
And on and on I let my mind rant and rave, rebelling against His Word, all the while cozying in a bit deeper in that pit of gloom and sadness – imprisoning myself with mental iron chains.
Some sat in the darkness and gloom for sure…and I was certainly some of the sitting. Maybe you are too. So how do we get up?
Psalm 107:12-13 says, “So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.”
The bad news is, sometimes He has to allow some pretty rough stuff before we will cry out to Him. We have to get uncomfortable enough to want to and need to leave.
The good news is, when we finally cry out, He rescues.
Psalm 107:14 says, “He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”
The chains of unbelief, of rebellion against the truth of His Word, can be broken. But they will be broken by His power, not yours.
The one certain way off the gloom couch is to cry out to Him, confess your thought rebellion, ask without ceasing for help overcoming you unbelief, surrender to His truth, and allow yourself to be saved by the Only One who can set you free. Maybe it’s time for us all to find a better place to sit.