Friday, October 7, 2011

Day Six of my Psalm Journey

This Psalm really made me pause, feel, and remember.  My heart has sobbed this to God before.  To me, this is the psalm of a guilty but repentant heart, who has done something known to grieve God. 

O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
      or discipline me in your rage.
 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
      Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
 I am sick at heart.
      How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

That last line is so human. I know I've asked God 'how long' so many times...

 Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
      Save me because of your unfailing love.
 For the dead do not remember you.
      Who can praise you from the grave?

The psalmist seems to be reasoning with God, saying 'save me and I'll praise you'... on a deep side note, I think of those who are dead as Jesus said, and how through believing in Him they came to life. So even though they walk around, they are dead, in their grave. Who can praise God from the grave?

 I am worn out from sobbing.
      All night I flood my bed with weeping,
      drenching it with my tears.
 My vision is blurred by grief;
      my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.

 Doesn't this just make your heart wrench and go out to him?  I know if it moves me, how much more it must move God! (Which the next passage shows!)

 Go away, all you who do evil,
      for the Lord has heard my weeping.
 The Lord has heard my plea;
      the Lord will answer my prayer.
 May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified.
      May they suddenly turn back in shame.

Now the psalmist has found confidence in God, assurance that his prayer was heard. He's showing faith that God will come to his rescue!

Remember! Tomorrow I am going to have a link-up and please, link up with your reflection on any of the Psalms 1-7. It doesn't have to be in this format, or a prayer like I did the other days. It could that, or it could be a poem, art, just a few sentences, whatever. You can do one of the seven, or all if you want. Join me on my Psalm Journey!!

And if you'd like to read the others in this series here they are: psalm one, psalm two, psalm three, psalm four, psalm five.

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