Psalm Saturday (6)

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.  Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.  My soul is sore vexed: but thou O Lord, how long?

Psalm 6:1-3

This Psalm is a prayer that we should all pray from time to time.  It is a prayer that we all need from time to time.

In the first verse, the Psalmist asks the Lord to “rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.”  Can you imagine what would happen if the Lord did rebuke us and chasten us in His anger?  We would not be able to survive.  We would be wiped out immediately.  The Lord would destroy us in an instant if that were the case.

We do things all the time that displease the Lord.  We are weak and frail creatures and we are prone to wander.  We are prone to sin.  Our sin and our failings displease the Lord and He rebukes us, chastens us, and corrects us.  Fortunately for us, He rebukes, chastens and corrects us in love and mercy.

We should be thankful every day that we serve a loving, merciful God and not a vengeful, hateful God.  We should be thankful every day that the Lord does not rebuke nor chasten us is anger.  We need to never forget the mercies of the Lord.  We need to never take for granted His goodness to us.

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