Just as the apostle Paul speaks, in 2Co 7, about the sadness that produces repentance and the sadness that brings about death, two kinds of despair exist: one that leads to passivity and another that leads a person to seek help desperately.
I am up before dawn crying for help.
I find hope in your word.
Psalm 119.147 NET
Here are some applications of this verse for the practice of our faith.
- “Whatever is worth doing is worth doing speedily. This is the third time that he mentions that he cried. He cried, and cried, and cried again. … so eagerly did he seek it that at the first possible moment he was on his knees” (Spurgeon)
- “Obedience to God’s word brings confidence in prayer, but that does not lessen the need for self-discipline, whether in studying the word or in praying (145-148)″ (BBC).
- “Let us honour God by the spirit of expectancy” (C. Bridges).
- May despair and the deep sufferings of the soul push us toward God, not away from him.
- Prayer is based upon the word of God. So his word is primary. We do not know how to pray without it.