Prayer For Mercy
Verse 1 – O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
Verse 2 – Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
Verse 3 – My soul is greatly troubled; but You, O Lord-how long?
The combination of rebuke, discipline, anger, and wrath indicates that there was some sin behind David’s suffering. David knew he had some kind of discipline coming, but he asked God to show him mercy. Jeremiah, asked God to not discipline him in His anger also (Jeremiah 10:24). When David says that even his bones are troubled, it shows that the suffering he was under was not only physical but also emotional. When someone is suffering down to their spirit, the only person who can bring them out is the Lord. Often we cry out for God to have mercy on us, but when dealing with others, we choose to show no mercy.
Verse 4 – Return, O Lord, deliver me: Oh, save me for Your mercy’s sake:
I believe David felt as we do at times, having cried out and only receive silence. However, our God never sleeps and is always right where He is, by our side!
Verse 5 – For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give you thanks?
David was pulling on God’s heart-strings as if to say, “God, if you don’t hurry up and deliver me, I’ll he dead soon and won’t be able to give you thanks.” However, we as believers know from the New Testament, that we will be able to praise and give thanks throughout all eternity.
Verse 6 – I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with tears.
Verse 7 – My eyes wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies.
Have you ever been so filled with grief that your very being aches? This Psalm possible could have been written after David found out about Absalom’s death. If so, maybe David thought he deserved punishment because of the way Absalom had turned out.
Verse 8 – Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
Verse 9 – The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.
Verse 10 – Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.
This Psalm ends with confidence knowing that the Lord hears David’s prayer and what David’s enemies wanted to do to David would be turned on them. Never doubt that God hears your prayers!