We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer these daily devotionals from the Book of Psalms in the interim. Each day, please read the chapter referenced, focusing on the verses provided below. We will resume our study of Mark next week.
A Prayer of Faith in Time of Distress
1O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. 2 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. 3My soul also is greatly troubled; But you, O Lord—how long? 4Return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake! 5For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks? Psalm 6:1-5
It seems that it’s when I find myself in the context of disobedience that I realize and acknowledge my sinfulness to the Lord. This is not the time to attempt to remind myself of my goodness, but to acknowledge His forbearance and long-suffering.
The psalmist is definitely in a time of distress and uncertainty as he cries out from deep within for the Lord to stay His wrath and displeasure. This passage serves as the first of “penitential psalms,” which speaks of seeing our need for repentance. In this moment, the psalmist is mindful of sleepless nights. He is being troubled each day and night, and now, in his distress, he calls on the Lord to deliver him from his helplessness and hopelessness. What a terrible predicament to be in.
I’ve heard it said that we can live forty days without food, four days without water, four minutes without air, but only four seconds without hope. The greatest truth gleaned from this text is, “The Lord is my hope!” I am not sure what has led you into distress today, however, get quiet, listen, seek the Lord, and place your hopelessness in His care. You will be amazed at His capacity to care for your deepest need. Remember, no one ever cared for you like Jesus. He is our hope!
As you move into this New Year, get quiet, listen, seek the Lord and place your cares in His care. Remember Jesus loves you and He is our hope!