Psalm Saturday (6e)

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?  Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.  For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?  I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.  Mine eyes consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.  Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.  The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.  Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

Psalm 6:1-10

This Psalm of distress and mercy ends with a positive note.  In the last three verses, the Psalmist has his prayers answered.  The Lord has heard his cries and received his prayer.  He has gained victory over his enemies.

When we read the first several verses of the Psalm, we come away thinking that this man is in the depths of despair and will never find his way out.  But we later find out that the Lord heard his prayer and helped him.  The Lord turned his misery into victory.  And He can and will do the same for us.

When we feel despair, we need to react to it the same way this Psalmist did – take it to the Lord and leave it with Him.  He will hear our prayers and He will give us the victory!

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