This week, we’ll be continuing with Psalm 6. You could say this is a psalm of grief, but David is really calling out to the Lord in the midst of hardship.
Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,
Nor discipline me in Your wrath.
Be gracious to me, Lord, for I am frail;
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are horrified.
And my soul is greatly horrified;
But You, Lord—how long?
As this psalm begins, he cries out to God, asking how long this torment will last.
Return, Lord, rescue my soul;
Save me because of Your mercy.
For there is no mention of You in death;
In Sheol, who will praise You?
He cries out for rescue in verses 4-5, asking to be rescued. This is why this is a psalm that can be comforting when you are enduring hard times. It’s easy to empathize with David and quote that passage as you cry out to God while facing your own challenges.
I am weary with my sighing;
Every night I make my bed swim,
I flood my couch with my tears.
My eye has wasted away with grief;
It has grown old because of all my enemies.
If you are weary, verses 6-7 are for you. It’s easy to get tired when facing a trial long-term with no real relief. It’s important to remember that Christ is always there for those of us who follow Him and he’s always available to listen to whatever we have to share.
Leave me, all you who practice injustice,
For the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my pleading,
The Lord receives my prayer.
All my enemies will be put to shame and greatly horrified;
They shall turn back, they will suddenly be put to shame.
This is the reminder that Christ is always there. He sees you and knows what you are going through. This may not sound encouraging, but you were hand-picked for your hardship. No one else could endure it or grow because of it the same way as you did or will. Persecution is promised to anyone pursuing Christ according to 2 Timothy 3:10-12. Rescue is a part of that promise.
Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who want to live in a godly way in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Have a wonderful week!
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