Psalm Saturday (6a)

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

We looked last Saturday at the first verse of this Psalm.  We should be thankful that the Lord rebukes and chastens us in love and mercy instead of rebuking and chastening us in anger and displeasure.

Verse 2 continues that theme by asking the Lord to “have mercy upon me” because “…I am weak.”  The Psalmist acknowledges his own weakness and because of that weakness, he petitions the Lord for mercy.  Fortunately, the Lord is a merciful God Who understands our weakness.

After asking for mercy, the Psalmist continues by asking the Lord to heal him.  He has come to the Lord for mercy and healing.  When you think about it, how much of our prayers are dedicated to those two themes?  I would say probably quite a bit.  We often pray for the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness.  When sin often, and we fail Him often.  We very often need his mercy.  And we often pray for healing.  Sometimes we pray for our own physical healing when we are sick or have some physical problem.  Sometimes we pray for the physical healing of a friend or loved one.  Other times, we might pray for mental or spiritual healing after facing some great trial, tribulation or heartbreak.

These prayers come in many forms, but prayers for mercy and healing are common (and good) subjects for prayer.  May we pray them often and may the Lord truly have mercy on us and heal us.

2 responses to this post.

  1. So thankful for His mercy! Thank you, Ben!


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