Prayer For Mercy During Trouble
If we are honest with ourselves, at some point in our christian walk, our sin has caused us to loose the close fellowship with God and we rely on God’s mercy to regain that fellowship.
O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long? 4 Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. 8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. 9 The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer. 10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.
This psalm is one of 6 penitential psalms, or psalms of sorrow for sin; the others are Ps 32, 38, 51, 130, and 143. During a time of physical affliction and divine chastisement, which he knows he deserves, the psalmist has lost his sense of the presence of God and spiritual peace. He has suffered for awhile and is in some heavy grief. His prayer is not so much that God will remove all rebuke from him as it is that God’s chastening might be mingled with mercy and not be so sever that he dies.
In verse 4 we see though the penitent one is concerned about the healing of his body, his primary concern is for the healing of his soul and the restoration of the presence of God and favor. He longs for God to be near him and appeals to His mercy and love. Since mercy and love are part of God’s character and nature, believers may appeal to Him confidently for mercy in keeping with His character.
Take Home Message
At some point in our Christian walk we will lose our fellowship with God, due to our own doings. Many times we pray that God will be with us again and we forget the fact that our sin has caused it. We also think we should be cleared for our sin. We must accept responsibility for our sin. Just like when we are speeding 30 mph over the speed limit and get pulled over and the police officer gives us a ticket for only going 10 mph over, he showed us mercy, but there is still a punishment. God shows the same mercy to us. We should embrace the mercy shown to us and earnestly pray that we can gain a closer relationship with God again. We must mourn the lost of connection with God, just as David did.
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