Psalm 6 (ESV)
O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
Languishing. Troubled. Moaning. Tears. Weeping. Grief. These are all words that David used as he poured out his feelings to God in Psalm 6.
Perhaps these are words that we too use as the pandemic and war rages on, as we individually and collectively wrestle with pain, grief and desperation for the Lord to hear and act.
The brokenness of our world has become all too evident. As we start this season of Lent leading up to Good Friday and Easter, may the brokenness within us also come to the surface. It is a time to grieve and repent over our own sins, and the sins and suffering in the world around us.
But we do not grieve as those with no hope (1 Thess 4:13) and we know that we can bring our sins, grief, pain and suffering before God. We know that, in Jesus, we have a high priest who is able to empathise with our weaknesses, who himself went through life’s trials and temptations (Heb 4:15). We know that Jesus walked the road of suffering for us and before us.
And so we know that even though the road to redemption is often drenched in tears, at the end, we can look forward to declaring as David did, “the Lord has heard my plea, the Lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.”
- What sins, grief, pain, or suffering do you need God’s help facing today?
- How can you invite God into that struggle today?
By Asst. Pastor Jan Choo