When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
David had been running for his life from Saul and had ended up in a cave with his spirit completely overwhelmed. David had already been anointed King of Israel by the prophet Samuel and yet David refused to raise his hand against Saul choosing rather to wait on God, to remove Saul in God’s time and in God’s way.
David is hiding in this cave and his spirit is completely overwhelmed. Overwhelmed in Biblical Hebrew means to be wrapped in darkness, to languish and to faint. With these emotions pouring over David, as he is hiding in a dark cave, David says, “Then thou knewest my path.”
What we say when the Spirit of God and the power of His presence is on us and what we do when we are running for our life can sometimes be quite different. David said, when my spirit is overwhelmed within me, then you know my path. When we are completely overwhelmed, we discover what is in the bottom of our heart.
Lazarus, Jesus’ friend, found himself completely overwhelmed, in a cave called a tomb and wrapped in grave clothes and darkness, once upon a time. Lazarus must have been at peace with what the Lord was allowing to go in his life because when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, we never hear any complaining or accusation from Lazarus. Rather than accusations against Jesus for not getting there quicker or complaining that he was the one who had to go through it, the Bible says in John 11:35, “Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.”
Jesus knew the path Lazarus had taken, even in sickness and death, and as a result many believed on Jesus that day.
The question today, then, is when we are overwhelmed, do people believe on Jesus or do they avoid us because of the complaining and accusations coming out of our mouth? Father help us to know the path we are taking and to be witnesses of your infinite resurrection power.