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In Misery

October 30, 2017

No man in the Old Testament, except Job, suffered more than King David. In Psalm 6 David’s suffering is once again at the forefront. His bones are vexed and his soul is sore vexed. His bed is saturated with his tears and his eyes are worn out with his weeping. Some have called the sixth Psalm a sermon for afflicted saints and others have a called it a prayer for deserted souls. It illustrates several important principles of the Christian perspective in times of almost unbearable distress.

Be aware of the chastening hand of God. Though Psalm 6 does not gives clues to a specific sin or event in David’s life, David was very aware of the chastening hand of God. When greatly troubled consider if the affliction is God’s loving correction.

Remember and seek the mercy of God. David cried out, “Have mercy upon me!” God is a merciful, gracious, compassionate, tender, loving, kind and good God. Pray for the mercy of God. Though you may be chastened, pray the chastening will be tempered with mercy. Pray for His mercy. Rely on His mercy. Remember no matter how black the night or deep the anguish God’s mercy never fails.

Prioritize the glory of God. David prays for deliverance that he might live to praise God. Praying for healing and deliverance is good and proper. Seek these things that God may be glorified. Pray for deliverance that God’s might, power, goodness, mercy and grace will be made evident to others. Pray for rescue that others will see how God works. As God sustains you through your sorrow, others see His care in action. When God brings relief from trouble, praise Him that others will hear and know the greatness of God’s grace.

Do not be afraid to grieve. If you hurt, cry. If you’ve lost a dear friend, grieve. If you have sorrow, weep. There’s nothing unbiblical about tears. There is nothing spiritual about stoicism. When Jesus’ friend Lazarus died, “Jesus wept”. Psalm 56:8 says, “Put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” God has a record of every tear shed by His child. The compassion of God does not forget a single broken heart nor sleeps through a single night of weeping. Pour out your grief to the God of all compassion.

Do not wallow in grief. Grief is a passing thing. Grief should never be the destination. Grief is a necessary part of the journey through life, but it is not the end. Like David, move through grief to joy. In grief look with confidence to your Lord of mercy

Remain confident in God’s working. The example of David should guide every Chritsian in time of great distress. Pour out your misery to God, not in faithless grumbling but in trusting dependence. The child of God who continues to trust his Father will move from despair and discouragement to unshakable confidence in His God.


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