O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long?
Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?
I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fall because of all my foes.
Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping.
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.
All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace. Â Â Â Â Psalm 6 (NIV)
Many commentators have ‘guessed’ that this psalm was written by David during his adulterer-murderer-his-child-dying era. It is a good guess and if you have come across this psalm during a dark, dark period in your own life (as I have) â€“ you would agree with those commentators. This psalm speaks to pain and sorrow, despair and the need to repent!
How blessed I was to speak this psalm in the darkness of my own life! How blessed I was to have this testimony that says, â€œThe Father hears! The Father comforts! The Father has the authority to tell evil to go and leave you alone! And the Father will hold you and wipe your tears; comfort you as only He can do â€“ totally!â€
It is so important to build or work on our relationship with God so that we get to this point. Tough even terrible times are going to come in your life. Sometimes even more than once. When (not if) that happens, where are you going to lean? To whom are you going to lean? Yourself? Your spouse? Your parents? God is a a true place to ‘lean’! He is there! He never sleeps. He never is tired of hearing my voice. And hard questions? God can handle them! He will work with me to get to the answers. God is truth! And in 99% of the situations, I need to ask forgiveness for something. And that is the key. With forgiveness comes that flood of love with His mercy and the joy of being reunited again in right relationship with Father God.