Lord, when you need to correct me, please don’t be angry.
Discipline me with love, not hatred.
Show me your mercy.
I am a weak person.
I need healing.
My bones ache, give me relief.
My insides are in turmoil.
How long will you remain distant?
How long must I wait for an answer from you?
I know I’ve messed up, but I need you to come back to me.
I need you to save me from myself.
Save me because you still love me.
Lord, if you let me die like this, how am I going to remember you?
I can’t worship you if I’m dead in the ground.
All this pleading with you wears me out.
It keeps me up at night.
Tossing! Turning! Sweating! Crying!
My sheets are soaked and uncomfortable because of my restlessness.
I wake up tired.
My eyelids are heavy.
People take one look at me and can see that things are not right.
I’m sick and tired of all my sins.
I want them to go away.
Lord, I’m begging you to set me free from the things that put my life in such despair.
I know you hear my prayers.
I know you show mercy.
I know you desire my freedom from sin.
You will defeat these sins of mine and one day they will be destroyed forever.
Devotion by Cora Goodyear
A psalm of David
According to sheminith (probably a musical term).
This psalm incorporates David asking God not to rebuke or discipline him but rather to be merciful to him, heal him and deliver him. His soul is in anguish because of his enemies. He ends the psalm saying God has heard his cry for mercy and accepted his prayer.
Psalm 6:2-3 “Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish…”
David asks in v2 for God to be merciful and heal him and says in v3 that his soul is in turmoil.
As the Lord said in Ex.33:19 “… I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” We also know that Isaiah 57:15 says “… I live in a high and holy place but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
How wonderful it is that we have a God we can appeal to when we are sick – either in body or soul. God wants us to come to him, in our distress.
He wants us to be penitent, if necessary. God is with us when we are sorry or contrite and it is He who can heal when He chooses.
Point: To remember God is a merciful God.