Thursday 2 May, 2013

Psalm 6

1 Lord, don’t correct me when you are angry. Don’t punish me when you are burning with anger. 2 Lord, have mercy on me. I’m so weak. Lord, heal me. My body is full of pain. 3 My soul is very troubled. Lord, how long will it be until you save me? 4 Lord, turn to me and help me. Save me. Your love never fails. 5 People can’t remember you when they are dead. How can they praise you when they are in the grave? 6 My groaning has worn me out. All night long my tears flood my bed. My bed is wet because of my crying. 7 I’m so sad I can’t see very well. My eyesight gets worse because of all of my enemies. 8 Get away from me, all of you who do evil. The Lord has heard my sobbing. 9 The Lord has heard my cry for his favor. The Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All of my enemies will be troubled and put to shame. They will turn back in dishonor. It will happen suddenly.

In times of trouble and difficulty, it is a good idea to cry out to God for help!! Whether the cause of our trouble is God disciplining us or the results of a sinful and fallen world, it is so important to turn to God rather than any unhelpful or sinful practices to deal with our troubles.

In Psalm 6, David uses poetry to cry out to God. I love the line “All night long, I flood my bed with weeping” as it is so extreme! I know that I can tend to thinking of everything as a catastrophe when a few minor problems arise in close succession!

In spite of the levels of David’s grief over his

situation, it is clear that he has faith that God will answer his prayer.

God, help us to cry out to you when we are in trouble and help us to depend on you more each day with strong faith.

Written by Justin Ware

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