Up the Walls with Worry

clocksscatteredThere is a story of a philosophical clock, which fell into the trap of worry. It began to think about its future, as it was placed on the shelf for the first time.

It reasoned that it had to tick twice each second, 120 times each minute, 7,200 times every hour, and 172,800 times every 24 hours. This meant 63,072,000 times every year.

The clock became so overwrought at the thought of so much work, that it collapsed from nervous exhaustion.

When the watchmaker revived it, it perceived in a moment of insight that all it had to do was to tick one at a time. Therefore, it began to tick again, and continued to tick for a hundred years. It became a most sought-after grandfather clock.1

   The Psalmist asked himself, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?” (Psalm 42:5). “Why are you disquieted” is literally tumultuated, a word frequently applied to the roaring tumult, and tossing of the sea.2

It means “to be agitated, troubled, or anxious in mind.” He then gives the answer, “Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” He turns to God, assured that his troubles will not last long.

Help is in the plural number, meaning salvations; and the idea in the use of the plural is that his deliverance would be complete – as if double or manifold.3

“During distress God comes, and when He comes it is no more distress.” – Gaelic Proverb.

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  1. A Complete Treasury of Stories for Public Speakers, Morris Mandel, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, NY, 11379, 1974, p. 406
  2. The Treasury of David, C. H. Spurgeon, Volume One, (Part 2), Psalm XXVII to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 282
  3. Notes on the Old Testament, by Albert Barnes, Psalms Vol. II, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1950. p. 7
  4. The Treasury of David, C.H. Spurgeon, Volume Two, Psalm LVII to CX, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 3473, Peabody, MA, 01961-3473, p. 397