Thursday, January 15, 2009

ps. 6

Psalm 6 (New Living Translation)

1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage.
2 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 I am sick at heart.
How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
Save me because of your unfailing love.
5 For the dead do not remember you.
Who can praise you from the grave?

6 I am worn out from sobbing.
All night I flood my bed with weeping,
drenching it with my tears.
7 My vision is blurred by grief;
my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.

8 Go away, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord will answer my prayer.
10 May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified.
May they suddenly turn back in shame.

This was my verse for the longest time and I didn't even know it. I'm sure there are others who can relate. I read it tonight and it just kinda struck me. And then I got a bunch of questions....why so mean to the 'enemies'? Why not ask that God just take all the hurt and pain and make it go away? Why not avoid the whole shame my enemies part? What is the reason that they need to be disgraced and terrified? Personally, the people that I have cried over, I'd never want to hurt. I'd rather break every bone in my body before I ever cause them one ounce of pain. It might just be me though.Even if its not relational like that, I'd still not want to make my enemies scared and disgraced, I'd rather just have the hurt healed and move on. Hmm... thoughts??


Mark Goldfarb said...

I see what your getting at, I think this Psalm was in written maybe as a release, or a cry to God. Maybe even in Anger. Obviously the writer is in pain, over what's going on. The writer doesn't ask for anything to be done to his enemies until the very last verse. It's almost as if its a last ditch effort, "May they turn back in shame." maybe the writer is saying turn back and stop doing whatever it is my enemies are doing to me. I do think this Psalm is a passionate plea for help.