Psalms 6: O Lord, How Long?

Psalms 6 is another Psalm of David. As I was reading this next chapter, I noticed David is still in the throes of lamenting. He has been lamenting for 6 chapters.

He even seems to realize his anguish is ever ongoing. He asks God, “But You, O LORD- How long?

David even begs God to take his desperate situation into consideration when it comes to disciplining him. I think David’s pain was so deep, he didn’t feel he could take it if the Lord added rebuke to his list of woes.

Have you ever been so burdened with grief that if you were writing a book you would still be crying 6 chapters into it? Have you been so deeply sorrowful that, much like David, your very bones were troubled? That you felt you might not survive it? David’s despair is so great that he even feels that God has turned away from him, so he asks God, “Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.” Have you ever felt this way?

I have definitely had pain so deep that I couldn’t see any light at the end of a very dark tunnel. But as I read Psalms 6, I can honestly say that, at this moment, the pain has eased a bit, and I can see that God HAS been faithful to bring me out of the darkness. I WAS weary with my moaning. My bed WAS flooded with tears. But I can look at where David is in his grief and honestly say, “It isn’t this bad anymore.” He IS the God who sees us in our sorrow.
When Sarah had verbally punished her servant Hagar so badly that she fled to the wilderness, the Angel of the Lord found her there by a spring and comforted her. He told her:

“Behold, you are pregnant
    and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
    because the Lord has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
    his hand against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”

13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.

For those who belong to God, we may feel alone and abandoned in our sorrow. We may be in those times when we just have to trust He hears our groanings.
We may think it will never end. But in time, if we trust in Him, He will get us through it. At least He will bring our head back above water. God SAW Hagar and revealed Himself to her in her sorrow. He will do the same for us. It is sometimes in our darkest hours when God reveals Himself to us in ways we never would have been able to see Him otherwise. And when we emerge from the darkness we will be able to look back at it and say, “The Lord has heard my plea. He got me through that season of darkness.” And He will do it again. And again. He can handle our pain even when we can’t. He can carry us through it. Knowing He has done it before might make it just a bit easier next time our couches are drenched with weeping. He is faithful to hear us and see us and carry us through whatever darkness awaits us next.
I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to say that. But I can now.


2 thoughts on “Psalms 6: O Lord, How Long?

  1. My heart rejoiced when I read your comment, “But as I read Psalms 6, I can honestly say that, at this moment, the pain has eased a bit, and I can see that God HAS been faithful to bring me out of the darkness. I WAS weary with my moaning. My bed WAS flooded with tears. But I can look at where David is in his grief and honestly say, “It isn’t this bad anymore.” You may have waves of hurt and brokenness hit you hard and out of the blue still but the length until blue skies appear again won’t be as long as the initial heartbreak. I found as I made my way through the Psalms there were ups and downs with tears, laughter, and joy. Around 119 I finally had relief from the pain I was experiencing at the time. The rest of the Psalms continued to heal me and restore me on a daily basis. I look forward to reading more of your insights into Psalms and your journey towards healing.

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  2. You hit the nail on the head. It isn’t that there aren’t bad days. But there are fewer of them. There is laughing and enjoyment of life again, even though there is underlying pain. For a while I was having dreams of J when he was a little boy before any of this had happened. When he was still happy and innocent. I was waking up in tears. Thinking of it still brings tears. But God is faithful to us. I have to take it day by day. Now there are more good days than bad. And I’m thankful for that.

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