Psalm 61:1-2 “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

From time to time, we all get overwhelmed. That happens when outward circumstances cause an inward emotional reaction that exceeds our normal threshold to cope. Although I may be able to explain the mechanics of being overwhelmed, I am just as prone to it as anyone else.

Ultimately being overwhelmed is part of the human condition, and should remind us how frail we are. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor, smart or dumb, strong or weak, everyone gets overwhelmed sooner or later. In fact, in my own experience, it happens when I least expect it. The dramatic affects of being overwhelmed, can be catastrophic if mishandled.

David here, is overwhelmed by a very difficult and sad situation. He has been betrayed by his own son, Absalom. God saw fit to inspire this psalm in the heart of David, and we would be wise to learn the lesson from the Lord. How to handle being overwhelmed. The answer, God.

The blessing of being overwhelmed is that we are never more vulernable, emotionally raw, and spiritually exposed, than when we are overwhelmed. During that time we have an amazing opportunity to connect with God at a very deep level.

So the next time your heart is overwhelmed, find a quiet place alone, close your eyes, approach the throne of grace, and cry out to the Lord. He will hear, and his Spirit will minister to your deepest needs.

Psalm 61:3-4 “For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”

Written by Daren T. Dilts
Pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church
Hesperia, Ca