2009-04-09 - In Time of Trouble
Psalm 6:1-3 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your wrath. 2 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; Heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed. 3 And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O LORD -- how long?
The psalm is a lament of David. His enemies are being used to chasten him and David asks God, "how long?" David expresses his distress making it clear that he has had enough and is listening for whatever God has to say. It is easy in our fast-paced, problem-solving world to take matters in to our own hands when it is clearly obvious that this or that is what needs to be done. When we are running this way and that with out mind focused on the task we have given ourselves, it is not so easy to hear the still small voice trying to redirect us.
There is never a doubt in David's heart or mind that God has heard his prayers. There is never an accusation that God is not listening. There are times when it seems that the Heavens are shut with thick steel doors. God is done speaking, and we are not heading His words many times. David acknowledges that God is angry with him without defending himself or his actions. There are no claims that God's chastening is not justified. Have you ever felt that a situation was not fair? There are a lot of times when life is not fair. Again David does not accuse God of being unfair. He asks, "how long?" will the chastening continue.
Just like a parent rebukes a child who had broken the rules, God will rebuke us. We are His Ambassadors, and His children. We are pressed and tested by the world around us. They are watching. When life becomes unfair, how do we react? If we are angry, is it appropriate?
When God speaks, have we heard Him? Were we too busy doing instead of listening? I can raise my hand here. I am a fixer. As soon as I see it broken I have to fix it, or try. There are a lot of times when that is the right response and others when I should pray before I leap. I can not see the end from the beginning, or what God may have in store for this person.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.