Ready to halt, is an expression of exhaustion. Things are so difficult and so burdensome, that in order to keep from falling down or stumbling a person has to lean on something, coming to a complete stop in order to catch his breath, but is unable to continue on.
Sorrow, is a reference to the anguish, affliction, grief, pain, and sorrow that accompanies the sin nature.
And without God, or Christ, or Bible doctrine, or a functioning spiritual life, then the only thing that person has is the environment of the sin nature, which is overwhelming and far beyond the ability of any individual, to handle.
There are only two environments in which you can live your life. The first is the spiritual life, and the second is the sin nature life.
And without the spiritual life, then the sin nature life is always before you, always present, and never goes away.
It places constant and continual and around-the-clock pressures on ones life, and never lets up.
Life brings the difficulties and stresses into your day-to-day activities, by means of illness or injury, or simply the worries and anxieties that are so common in the human experience. And these are examples or symbols of the bigger picture of what the reality of real life, really is, when the spiritual life is absent.
And of course, everyday life, or experience as we call it, should be one of the better teachers of how weak we really are, and therefore the need for something greater.
And of course since life is a day-to-day experience, so also Bible doctrine and learning it and growing up, should be a part of our day-to-day experience as well.