Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Truth
We do grow weary in doing good, but what does God’s Word tell us? Don’t give up! And don’t give in to the tiredness. We are humans. Of course we will tire of the daily battle of fighting the enemy away from our efforts to be more and more like Christ.
David is besieged by an enemy, quite possible physical death. He feels he is about to die. Suffering is allowed by God sometimes to discipline us. David records the stages in his difficult experience of moving by faith from trial to triumph. David’s writing follows this pattern often. He cries out to God. He repents. He sees from God’s perspective, followed by thanksgiving for God’s refuge, rescue, deliverance and redemption. That’s what being honest and truthful before God renders…peace through redemption by really hearing what God has to say and recognizing that God is always at work in and through us. We are a redeemed people! Do we live like we know this?
From my own experience and pastoral ministry, I’ve learned that sickness and pain either make us better or bitter, and the difference is faith. If we turn to God, pray, remember His promises, and trust Him, we will find His grace sufficient for our needs (2 Cor. 12:9). The Lord may not do what we ask, when we want it, but He will do what needs to be done and help us glorify His name. The question we should ask isn’t “When will I get out of this?” but “What can I get out of this?”
A David Psalm
1-2 Please, God, no more yelling,
no more trips to the woodshed.
Treat me nice for a change;
I’m so starved for affection.
2-3 Can’t you see I’m black-and-blue,
beat up badly in bones and soul?
God, how long will it take
for you to let up?
4-5 Break in, God, and break up this fight;
if you love me at all, get me out of here.
I’m no good to you dead, am I?
I can’t sing in your choir if I’m buried in some tomb!
6-7 I’m tired of all this—so tired. My bed
has been floating forty days and nights
On the flood of my tears.
My mattress is soaked, soggy with tears.
The sockets of my eyes are black holes;
nearly blind, I squint and grope.
8-9 Get out of here, you Devil’s crew:
at last God has heard my sobs.
My requests have all been granted,
my prayers are answered.
10 Cowards, my enemies disappear.
Disgraced, they turn tail and run.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.