6-16-2019 “AT WIT’S END!” Psalm 107:21-31

This week Bro. Leo leads us on a study of the Biblical concept of to be at our “wit’s end”.

In Psa.107:27 the words “wit’s end” are translated from the Hebrew words “chokmâh bâla‛” which means to be at the limits of our wisdom, skill, experience or abilities.  In other words “chokmâh bâla‛” means to find yourself in a situation that you have no way of controlling the outcome of or saving yourself from.

Psa.107:28 describes the solution to our “wit’s end”.  The word “cry” is translated from the Hebrew word “zaaq” which means to shriek in anguish, to be in an overwhelming sense of danger.  When we find ourselves at our “wit’s end” we cry out to God to save us.

Psa.107:27-28 is the origin of the “SOS” (save our soul) distress signal.

Psa.107:6-9 emphasizes the need for us to remember the times that God has saved us from our “wit’s end”, so that we can praise Him for what He has done for us.

A couple of years ago the engine on my airplane quit running just as I was taking off (about 100ft. in the air).  The only thing in my view off the nose of the aircraft was a line of cedar trees that I knew I could not get over or get landed before flying into them.  I was at my “wit’s end”.  My first thought was “well now I know how my life ends”.  My next thought was “God save me!”.  And God did save me, He made the aircraft fall straight down and just before hitting the ground He made it flare out and touchdown just as smooth as could be and He made it stop within 20 ft. of hitting the cedar trees.  I praised Him then and I praise Him now every time I remember that experience.

Our salvation experience happens the exact same way.  We must come to realize we are not capable of saving ourselves (wit’s end) and ask God to save us (cry out).

Something else we need to keep in mind is that even though we come to our “wit’s end” God never does.  God has no limitations (Eph.3:20,8,  Gen.18:11-14, Jer.32:27, Luke 18:27).

We should never give up on praying for the salvation of our friends and family members (1Tim.2:1-4).

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Psa 107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Psa 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
Psa 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Psa 107:13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Eph 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Gen 18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
Gen 18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
Gen 18:13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
Gen 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

Jer 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Luk 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

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