To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.
1O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 3My soul is also sore vexed: But thou, O Lord, how long? 4Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: Oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 5For in death there is no remembrance of thee: In the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6I am weary with my groaning; All the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 7Mine eye is consumed because of grief; It waxeth old because of all mine enemies. 8Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; For the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. 9The Lord hath heard my supplication; The Lordwill receive my prayer. 10Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: Let them return and be ashamed suddenly.
I remember those long road trips with my children, those long, torture filled journeys and the repetition of two words, “how long?”
From the initial buckle of their seat belt until we arrived, like a skipping record they repeatedly asked, “how long?”.
Road trips are hard for little ones, aren’t they? Children hate to wait.
David asked the Lord that question in today’s Psalm.
Psalm 6:3 My soul is also sore vexed: But thou, O Lord, how long?
He is in trouble; we don’t know the background but he we can see that the situation is severe, and it seems to be punishment for his own sin. David begs God to hold back his chastening from the first verse seeks mercy throughout the Psalm. This situation is so grieving to David that he can’t sleep, his nights are spent crying.
So, he cries out, “how long?”
How long, before healing?
How long before peace?
How long before sleep?
Can anyone relate?
Have you endured some season of grief, loneliness or pain?
Are you going through it now?
It is hard isn't it? God's children hate to wait!
We can find hope and encouragement from David's experience.
If you will look closely you can see that David came a long way in this Psalm.
He starts his prayer with guilt and questions but concludes with confidence.
His uncertainty gave way to statements of bold faith.
Psalm 6:8 “The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping”
Psalm 6:9 “The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer”
Talk about a road trip!
David came a long way and all he had to do was pray.
Prayer changes things it is true but more importantly, as we can see from this Psalm, your prayer changes you!
So, as you travel through this trial just remember that it’s ok to ask, “how long?”, just as long as you keep talking to your Lord!
2021 Bible Reading Plan
Bible Readings for January 8, 2021