[CF Devotionals] 2005-06-11 - Enough Already

Psalm 6, Part 1

One of the more difficult times of my life was when I first was seriously considering leaving my career of many years to enter the ministry full time. The decision was difficult for many reasons. First, there were the many years I spent in the hospital field, and the sense of security that goes with competence. Second, there was the very real fear that I was "jumping the gun" and simply trying to escape a difficult situation in the hospital, as opposed to being clearly led by the Lord into ministry. Besides, how would I find a job, having no degree in the ministerial area, and the related question: how would we manage financially?

Add to all of this, the fact that Janette had been trying to get out of a job she hated for a number of years, and if I made this move, she would have to postpone looking for another job. How could we justify my "needs" being placed ahead of hers?

And so over a number of months, there were many nights when my struggles were very similar to those expressed by the psalmist in Psalm 6. And I suspect that as we examine it here, you too will find something familiar. Haven't there been times when you feel like saying to the Lord, "Enough Already!"?

Psalm 6

For the director; with stringed instruments; upon the "the eighth."

A Psalm of David.

2 O Yahweh, do not reprove me in your anger, nor in your wrath chastise me.
3 Have pity on me, O Yahweh, for I am spent, heal me, O Yahweh, for my bones are racked.
4 My spirit is greatly racked, but you, O Yahweh--how long?
5 Return, Yahweh, rescue my life, save me as befits your kindness.
6 For no one in death remembers you, in Sheol, who praises you?
7 I am weary with sobbing; Each night I soak my bed, with tears, my couch I drench.
8 My eye is dimmed with sorrow, my heart has grown old from pining.
9 Depart from me, all evildoers, for Yahweh has heard the sound of my weeping.
10 Yahweh has heard my plea, Yahweh has accepted my prayer.
11 Let all my foes be humbled and greatly shaken. Let them return, be humbled perdition
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1 Dahood, Mitchell, The Anchor Bible, "Psalms 1", Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1978, p. 37.

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