1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Be merciful to me,LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? 4 Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. 5 No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave ? 6 I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. 7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. 8 Away from me, all you who do evil,for the LORD has heard my weeping. 9 The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.
David, the writer of this psalm, bares his soul to the Lord. He uses words to describe how he feels; words like deep anguish, faint, groaning and weeping. David was "in a state". Sometimes, life feels like that. There is a saying that life is a bowl of cherries. The only problem with that is cherries have pits! We will all encounter time and seasons in our life when we are faced with challenges, pain, defeat, disappointments or death. It is what we do with our issues that will either make us better or bitter.
David turns his sorrow to words that he gives to the Lord in a prayer. Sometimes when I try this, the heavens feel like brass, like God is not listening. In the first few verses David echoes that by saying, “How long Lord, how long?” David never gives up but continues to press in and finally he has an assurance that God has heard and has accepted his prayer. The truth is God is always there. We may have feelings that are trying to tell us differently but Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the broke hearted and saves those crushed in spirit.” This is truth.
Truth and facts don't always line up. Our daughter in law had cancer. That was a fact. However, the truth was and still is that by Jesus stripes she is healed. Did it mean that she didn't have to go through a troubled time? No, the battle was on for that truth to remain foremost in her mind as God delivered and healed her from the disease. In the midst of David's cry he reminds himself and the Lord of His unfailing love. We must always remember that God is full of mercy and love. Whatever situation, time or season you are in at the moment never give up on truth. God loves you and His love never fails. His promises are yes and amen. Take hold of him, his unfailing love and his promises and watch what He will do for you.
Prayer: Father, I thank you for your unfailing love. I thank you that you hear my cries and you deliver me. Help me in the midst of my situation and deliver me through your mercy and love in Jesus name.