HOW LONG, O LORD?

Scripture Reading: Psalm 6:1-10

“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long?” (Psalm 6:2,3)

The Psalms bring great comfort to me. They reveal all the emotions we face. They are brutally honest. David was in anguish. In a strange way this encourages me. If David, a man after God’s own heart, suffered weakness and agony in his bones, I should not be surprised when I go through valley experiences also.

The circumstances we face can bring us great happiness, but some can bring anguish to our souls. David had many enemies. On occasion he became overwhelmed with fear and anxiety — “I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes” (vs. 6,7).

All of us will face times when our eyes grow weak with sorrow. Life in this fallen world can be hard. There are tragedies, disappointments, pain and suffering. We can easily be overcome by these things.

David was honest with the Lord. He told God what he was feeling and he asked God to give him relief. David knew that God heard his prayer of anguish — “Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer” (vs. 8,9).

The next time your soul is in anguish, tell God about it. He will hear your prayer and He will bring relief to your soul.

Gracious Lord, thank You for hearing my prayers. Thank You for being open to all my feelings. Thank You that I can be honest with You because You know everything about me anyway. It gives me peace to know that I can come to You for comfort knowing that You will relief me from my troubles.

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