Daily Devotional

Cry for Mercy

by Simon Whitton

Psalm 6:1-2
1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony.

In this psalm, David is being disciplined and rebuked by the Lord.  He's in a desperate situation, weary and in pain; he's looking for mercy and healing. David is suffering from the consequences of sin.  This psalm shows how David takes all of his agony and misery and channels it into a heartfelt prayer to find relief.

Psalm 6:3-7
3 My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long?
4 Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
5 No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?
6 I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.
7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.

David acknowledges that his ongoing situation is the Lord's discipline. Then he pleads with the Lord to turn from anger and wrath to deliverance.  He has come to the end of his own strength and has humbled himself before the Lord with his weeping.  The last part of the psalm is radically different because David believes that God has heard his repentant weeping and his cry for forgiveness.

Psalm 6:8-10
8 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.

The key to the transformation was faith, which we see in David's declaration “the LORD accepts my prayer". He even trusts that his enemies will be ashamed.

There are many reasons for suffering in our lives, but David shows us that if we are worn out from groaning, and we suspect God's hand is heavy upon us because of our sin, then we must not keep silent. We need to get right with Him.

Psalm 32:1-7
1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"-- and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Pray to the Lord while He may be found, and ask Him to show you if your groaning is because there's sin you need to acknowledge.  Then pour out your heart to God, hold nothing back, tell Him your anguish and your sorrow. Confess your sin and know that the Lord accepts your prayer.  He will turn and protect you from trouble and deliver you.

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