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Lament

Peter Jenkins

Mar 25th 2021 · Day 84

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I am sure there are times in our lives when we can identify with David in Psalm 6, pleading with God to help to heal and to rescue us. The wonder of this psalm is that despite our pain and circumstance, our struggles and difficulties, there is always hope.

David was certainly in the depths of despair here. However, the transition from David’s pain and confusion to his burst of confidence in God is really amazing. He has just said he is ‘greatly troubled’ (v. 3), that he is ‘weary’ with moaning and floods his bed with tears every night (v. 6). Then something dramatic happens and he declares, ‘The Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer’ (vv. 8-9).

But how does David know his prayer has been heard and that it will be answered in due time? Where does this confidence come from that has turned his sorrow into joy?

Firstly, David is honest about himself. There are times we all need to look in the mirror and ask God to change the person we are looking at. Repentance is always the best place to start.

Secondly, David reminds himself of the nature of God. He constantly uses His name in this psalm, the Lord (YHWH). When God revealed His name to Moses, He revealed Himself as YHWH, which is best translated as ‘I am who I am’ (Exodus 3:14). God is a covenant-keeping God, He has brought His people into relationship with Himself, and can be trusted.

When we are honest with ourselves and remind ourselves of the nature of our God, there is always hope.

Pause and reflect: God invites us to cry out to Him, to come with our pain and our sorrows, as well as our joys.

Written By

Peter Jenkins

Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy

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