Psalm 40:11 Yahveh, you do not withhold your compassion from me. Your covenant faithfulness and truth will always guard me.
Psalm 40:12 You see, troubles without number have surrounded me; my violations have overtaken me; I am unable to see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my courage leaves me.
Psalm 40:13 Yahveh, be pleased to rescue me; hurry to help me, Yahveh.
guarded, but overwhelmed
David finds himself in an interesting position. His theological knowledge affirms that God is guarding him with his covenant faithfulness and truth, and that this is a constant. But his personal crises have him overwhelmed to the point that he cannot see beyond them, and they can all be traced to his own failures and sins.
David chooses not to deny either of these conflicting realities. Instead, he acknowledges God’s sovereignty and his compassion by pleading to him for rescue. He tells God that he is in over his head, and needs help.
Our Lord patiently waits for us to come to the same conclusion. He is glorified when his people seek his help. He will come through for us when we do.