A PRAYER OF FAITH—A Psalm of David
OUR PERSONAL REFLECTION as we journey with God: God is love—and His concern for us is first for our spiritual condition. If we are led away from Him by our sin or by falling prey to the iniquity of others, He will chasten His sons and daughters so we will return to Him. Here David relates his physical illness to his spiritual condition stating, “my soul is greatly troubled.”
Be humble in this extreme distress. With faith and humility admit and repent. Leave occasions of sin behind. Regain peace, knowing that God hears our prayers and receives them. We must keep our eyes on Him and He will bring us victory in the battles/enemies we face. He is our Salvation and we are forgiven. Let us give praise and thanks to The Lord while we live, for He is good and faithful.
[BIBLE READING: PSALM 6] O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. 2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. 3 My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O LORD—how long? 4 Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake! 5 For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks? 6 I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. 7 My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies. 8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. 9 The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer. 10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.
In v.1-3 David cries out to the Lord for mercy for he is greatly distressed. In His distress, David turns to his faith in the Lord and David humbly acknowledges his weakness before the Lord. He admits here to being troubled in body and soul, he is grief stricken by the sin he has committed, and by his physical illness. He is greatly troubled, and asks The Lord how long will He allow David to continue without mercy in this sorry state. David prays for mercy and for healing by the Lord, looking for an end to his sorrow and illness.
In v. 4-5 David continues to cry out for deliverance. He begs for mercy acknowledging the goodness of our forgiving God. So David asks passionately for mercy: “for Your mercies’ sake.” David laments that in death he cannot remember the goodness of God and he will be unable to give Him praise and thanks. David is overcome that his voice of praise will be silenced in death.
In v. 6-7 David is consumed with grief and pain. He is pouring it out in groaning and crying to The Lord. David is depleted and feels he is wasting away in grief and pain. David suffers from the lack of compassion of others, stating that the pain grows “old because of all my enemies.”
In v. 8-10 David is strengthened by the response of the Lord, who has healed him and has heard his prayers. Although his enemies have taken pleasure in his suffering, the Lord has given mercy to him. David admonishes his enemies to leave him and feel ashamed for their lack of compassion and meanness.
This daily Equip Devotional has been provided by Rev. Marie Parma as we take time this Holy season in anticipation of the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.
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