3 My soul [nephesh] is also sore [ma`od] vexed: [bahal] but thou, O
LORD, [Yahovah] how long? KJV-Interlinear
3 And my
soul is greatly dismayed; But Thou, O Lord — how long? NASB
The word for soul, refers to the fundamental life source that each one of us possesses. It refers to the core life of a breathing creature and is applied to both body and mind as one, all inclusive unit.
Sorely vexed, indicates a level of phenomenal stress that goes beyond the emotions, but indicates stresses that penetrate to the very core of ones existence. Both body and mind are under pressure, to the extent that it is impossible to describe the depth of the pressure on ones self, such is the great degree of the pressure on and in ones life.
And then David, asks the question that everyone who has ever lived, has probably asked at some time in their life. A plea to God in a broken sentence, as though starting the plea, 'But You, O Lord…'
And such is the greatness of the pressure, that words don't seem to be adequate, or the proper words just don't seem to come into ones mind. And finally David, simply drops off the thought with, 'How long?'
How long will this pressure continue? How long will this pain continue? How long will this suffering continue? How long will my situation continue?
Whatever your situation in life, there will come a time when things will seem like they will never get better. Your agony, your anxiety, your despair, your trouble, your pressure, your heartache, your helplessness, your whatever your problem or situation is, will seem like it is insurmountable, or perhaps never ending, or without a solution.
You may even complain, or begin to doubt, or begin to give up.
But the mere fact that you turn to God, whether in pleading for help, or even in complaint, frustration, or anger, you are at least on the right track.
Life can be difficult more often than not. And for most folks the pressures can become seemingly insurmountable at times.
For one person the threshold may be less than for another person, but the degree of pressure that you can tolerate is irrelevant. God will push you and push you in testing and trials (sometimes you bring the problems onto yourself), until you reach your limit, and then the real test begins.
Will you turn to God, or will you turn away and run from life, or blame others?
Will you examine your own life and try to figure out, objectively, if you need to make changes in yourself?
Will you give up, or will you persevere, knowing that God has your best interests in mind, that somehow, something will come together to bring relief into your life?
Will you recognize that this is the devils world, and that all things bad, are due to the policies of evil that he represents, and not due to God?
Will you recognize that it is God who cares more about you, than even you do about yourself?
Will you continue with your daily studies, even though they seem to be going nowhere, and/or your prayers not being heard?
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