The grandeur of the mighty Niagara Falls impressed both my husband and me. It was bitterly cold during our winter visit and we could not stand there for long. Even so, the force of its cascading water was deafening! Not only are these three falls breathtaking but they are an important source of hydroelectric power. Almost 76,000 gallons of water flow over two of the three falls every second!
Our verse for today can be looked at as a description of the cascading waters flowing from the upper Jordan as they rush down from Mount Hermon (verse 6). But they are also an image of the author’s depression. His soul is downcast and it feels as if he is being overwhelmed with water. The force of his emotions are overpowering. As with the weight of water pouring down without interruption, so it can be with sadness.
The unrelenting weight of sadness affects every believer from time to time. We sometimes seem to be the victim of our own emotions. At the same time, we can see that there will some day be an end to distress and emotional turmoil. It is this hope that can turn us around and help us keep our head above water.
Rather than focusing on the crushing weight of my emotions, I can look forward to an eternal weight of glory (II Cor. 4:17). By comparison, whatever I am going through is considered light and momentary. That is my hope. Everything good is ahead of me. All sorrow and sadness will one day be erased.
They are His waterfalls, His breakers, and His waves. Thank you Lord, that you will not allow them to overwhelm me!