Are You At Wit’s End Corner?

The old poem Wit’s End Corner came up upon my heart in a time of prayer this morning, and I felt such joy in the promise of the God of lovingkindness who loves to meet us just where we are at our wit’s end. This is the theme of Psalm 107. I’ll just quote a fragment of it:

…And they are at their wit’s end (Ps. 107:27).

And then what?

Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses.

What is wit? According to one online dictionary it means astuteness of perception or judgment: acumen. When the King James Bible came out it meant simply knowledge, the ability to know what to do.

Our whole world is just about at that corner.

I myself am there… again. This morning as I came to the second-last verse my eyes overflowed with tears and my heart with His love and promise, and he who had been sorrowful was suddenly rejoicing! My beloved Jesus assured me, reminded me, He has been waiting right there to meet me! I can hardly wait!

That is the lesson to be learned at Wit’s End Corner, the lesson of learning the lovingkindness of the Lord. Here is the last verse of Psalm 107.

Whoso is wise, and will give heed to these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Are you there too, dearly beloved of the Lord?

Are You at Wit’s End Corner?

Are you standing at Wit’s End Corner,
Christian with troubled brow?
Are you thinking of what is before you,
And all you are bearing now;
Does all the world seem against you,
And you in the battle alone?
Remember—at Wit’s End Corner
Is just where God’s power is shown!

Are you standing at Wit’s End Corner,
Blinded with wearying pain,
Feeling you cannot endure it,
You cannot bear the strain;
Bruised through the constant suffering,
Dizzy, and dazed, and numb?
Remember—at Wit’s End Corner,
Is where Jesus loves to come!

Are you standing at Wit’s End Corner?
Your work before you spread,
All lying begun, unfinished,
And pressing on heart and head;
Longing for strength to do it,
Stretching out trembling hands?
Remember—at Wit’s End Corner
The Burden-bearer stands.

Are you standing at Wit’s End Corner
Yearning for those you love,
Longing and praying and watching,
Pleading their cause above,
Trying to lead them to Jesus—
Wondering if you’ve been true?
He whispers at Wit’s End Corner
“I’ll win them as I won you.”

Are you standing at Wit’s End Corner?
Then you’re just in the very spot
To learn the wondrous resources
Of Him Who faileth not!
No doubt to a brighter pathway
Your footsteps will soon be moved.
But only at Wit’s End Corner
Is “the God Who is able” proved!

Antoinette Wilson

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  1. Hi Allan,
    Psalm 107 is a psalm that I have read often and do often share about the abundant lovingkindness, mercy, compassion, and long suffering that is revealed in this psalm concerning our Saviour. And, of course the poem by Antoinette Wilson expresses it so well.
    Since I know you and know much about your life, I have difficulty seeing you in this Psalm. But since you have already got much encouragement from it who am I to suggest something else. Let me explain where I am coming from:
    Verse 2: This Psalm seems to be written primarily to the backslidden of the ‘Redeemed of the Lord’, THIS WOULD NOT BE YOU.
    Verse 4: They wandered in a solitary way. THIS WOULD NOT BE YOU.
    Verse 10: Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. THIS WOULD NOT BE YOU.
    Verse 11: Because they rebelled against the words of God. THIS WOULD NOT BE YOU.
    Verse 17: Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities. THIS WOULD NOT BE YOU.
    Verse 18: Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat. THIS WOULD NOT BE YOU.
    Verses 19-43: Speaks to the restoration of those who have gone astray.
    When I think of you as a faithful man of the word I think more of Psalm 119:
    Verse 11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    Verse 24: Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
    Verse 30: I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
    Verse 31: I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.
    Verse 40: Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
    Verse 49-50: Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction for thy word hath quickened me.
    Verse 54-55: Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.
    Verse 58-62: I entreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. I thought on my ways and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste and delayed not to keep thy commandments. The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
    Verse 74: They that fear thee will be glad when they see me, because I have hoped in thy word.
    Verse 81-83: My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, when will thou comfort me? For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
    Verse 92-95: I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me, for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
    Verse 105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
    Verse 114-117: Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
    Verse 130: The entrance if thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
    Verse 136: Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
    Verse 140-143 Thy word is very pure; therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
    Verse 158-160: I beheld the transgressors and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.
    Verse 162-168: I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. My soul hath kept thy testimonies, and I love them exceedingly. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
    God Bless,
    Terry

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    • Thank you, dear brother Terry, I much appreciate the lovingkindness of your words. I do love Psalm 119; sometimes it is my favourite psalm. You’re right as to Psalm 107. Yet there’s no doubt I am at my “wit’s end.” It’s a wonderful place to be, actually– at Wit’s End Corner. I’m asking for grace to set up residence there! No wits of my own, trusting in the only-wise God! He so nourished my heart with hope this morning. “In the day when I cried Thou answeredst me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul” (Ps. 138:3).

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  2. God who is able proved. oh How He loves..oh How HE LOVES!!

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