When life’s struggles surround you, to whom to you turn? Who do you consider to be the refreshment of strength that you need to keep pushing forwards when the pathways get steep? David would answer that question with: the Lord. Would you?
David was in a tough time, as he usually found himself; he called out for God’s help in this psalm, as he usually would.
Psalm 6:1-7 – 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 also 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 eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.
This sounds like David is in a period of intense struggle. The author would wonder what times of hardship do you go through that would hurt as much as David was hurting. Who do you consider as the source of help? Can you be willing to take your care to God in trouble? Now look at David’s confidence in the Lord.
Psalm 6:8-10 – 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.
David believed that God would protect him. If David through his trials knew he would be protected, what do we have to fear today, with God’s help?