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.

  1. “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)
  2. “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).
  3. “Let us honour God by the spirit of expectancy” (C. Bridges).
  4. May despair and the deep sufferings of the soul push us toward God, not away from him.
  5. Prayer is based upon the word of God. So his word is primary. We do not know how to pray without it.

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