I really love the days when I wake up praising God joyfully and living in the center of His will. In the times, when I am struggling, frail and feeling separated from God, it is hard to sing the songs to glorify God. David found himself in the same position. Psalm 6 was written in a sad time of David’s life. David was emptied of his confidence and strength because sin had defeated him. David continues to seek and trust God despite his frailty. While struggling, David experiences God’s grace and restoration.
From powerless to empowered, from defeated to victorious, David sings of God’s redemption in the presence of all who would defeat him. The heartening element of this song is that David did not recapture God’s favor because of his saintliness; no, instead He was at his most frail and vulnerable when God’s grace surrounds and restores the king.
Personally, I cling to all these Psalms. They serve as reminders and monuments to all sinners that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The old testament is filled with stories of failure reclaimed and transformed into victory for those who failed but were willing to admit their sin and submit to God’s authority. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samson, David, Solomon and so many others benefitted from God’s grace when they had no other support.
Christians have a similar set of promises in the New Testament. John 3, Romans 5, Romans 8, 2 Corinthians 5, all remind us that God’s grace, not our actions, bring salvation and restoration. We can join David in celebrating that God hears our cry and will forgive, heal, and restore us. We simply need to admit our need and submit to His leadership.
Jesus said it best, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and sup with them and they with me.” Revelations 3:20
God Bless You
Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?
4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?
6 I am worn out from my 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 overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.