To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. On an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David. OLORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
I love the way David starts his psalm. If he were alive today, we might hear something like: to the chief worship leader, with acoustic and electric guitars and drums! In many churches there is a tension between worship leaders and pastors/elders/board-members, over which instruments can be used. I remember one church I was worship leader at, the senior paster declared that drums were from the devil and there were not to be used. His position eventually split the church, and that split didn’t heal until years later. Instead of destroying the works of the devil, the people fought against each other and that’s exactly what the enemy wants!
Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
David is admitting that he is weak. He is crying out to the Lord for healing. Most men, myself included do not like to admit weakness in any area of our lives, yet here we see David being open and honest with the Lord. If we don’t acknowledge our weaknesses we will never overcome them. If I am weak in an area I know, from walking 30 years with Him, that I can’t change me, but He can. When I am weak He is strong!
My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O LORD—how long?
Again we see that David is laying it all out before the Lord. He’s not hiding anything. He’s stating what is going on the deepest parts of his being and then asking the Lord, how long before you act on my behalf? It’s easy for us to grow impatient when faced with difficult situations, we want answers to our problems and we want then now!
Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
David is crying out for deliverance and mercy. He knows that when the Lord shows up, his situation will change and he will express his gratitude in a public way. As King, the people looked to David for leadership both in the running of the kingdom and in spiritual matters.
For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?
David is stating that when the Lord acts on his behalf he will be sure to give thanks. He also states what most of us have trouble looking at and dealing with, and that when a loved one passes from this earth, it is final. We will never see them again until that day when we are raised up in a twinkling of an eye and the dead in Christ will meet the Lord in the air, and then the rest of us who are alive will rise and be ever more with Him. We are told to comfort each other with these words!
I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.
There are times in our life where sleep is far from us, our stomach is tied in a knot, our minds are restless and our nerves are frayed. What I love about the psalms is that there is no phony spirituality. David is at the end of his rope, and he is crying out for help.
My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.
David is beaten up, just like some of us can be at the work place or at home, or even at church. It is a great thing not to have any enemies, but realistically, most of us have people who don’t like us for whatever reason. It’s good to pray for those who spitefully use us. If we pray He will work, if not we will!
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
There are people who sometimes believe they are doing “the lords work,” and instead are doing exactly the opposite. Those who slander, and gossip, bear false witness, and malign others, are certainly not doing the Lord’s work. They are, in fact workers of iniquity!
The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.
David knows from past experience that the Lord will hear his prayer. He knows that the Lord will act. He has placed his life in the hands of the almighty and that’s how we should learn to live.
Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.
David is asking that those who are persecuting him would be ashamed. In other words that these people would realize that what they are engaged in is not godly, or of the lord, but in fact, is the working of iniquity!
In closing todays BUN: It’s always great to walk through the psalms as in many cases they can bring practical, spiritual, lessons on how we can interact with the one true God who loves us!