Saturday, February 8, 2014

Psalms To See Me Through: Psalm 6—God Hears The Cry Of The Broken

For the choir director; with stringed instruments, upon an eight-string lyre. A Psalm of David.
O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away; Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.  And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O Lord—how long? {vv. 1-3}.
In the midst of our pit⸺with the storm swirling around us⸺as we cling to life in the bow of a sinking ship, it can feel like God is angry and has turned away. The devil attempts to set up a stronghold in our mind, one that would cause us to doubt God; convince us that the circumstance is our just punishment, and leaves us to wonder when God’s anger will be satiated. When we will He come to our rescue? God is not angry. The circumstances you are facing will not destroy you, rather they will strengthen you—you will persevere. 

Return, O Lord, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness. For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?  I am weary with my sighing; Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears. My eye has wasted away with grief; It has become old because of all my adversaries {vv. 4-7}.

Come and rescue me God from this turmoil, from those that hate me. Save me from those who wish for my demise and plot to destroy me. I know that I am not perfect, but I endeavor to live righteously before you. Come and rescue me from those that will betray me; those that speak ill against me; those that taunt me. I cry myself to sleep at night, and cannot find any comfort. I have cried every tear possible, in fact I am all cried out. I wake with my eyes swollen, red, tired. God don’t save me because of who I am, but because of who You are. 

 Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication, The Lord receives my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed {vv. 8-10}.

If you want to destroy me, then leave me. If you wish me evil, then depart from me. If you plan to manipulate me and betray me, go. I have cried unto God and He has heard me. He hears the cry of the broken. He hears the cry of the broken. Toxic people will poison you. They will drain the life from you. It is okay to cut off any influence they may over you. Pray and ask God to bless them, but leave them at the foot of the cross and walk away. 

Breaking relationship can hurt. Soul ties are not easily detached. It is hard to break free from the familiar. But there are things—or people—that we must lay down, just as Abraham laid down Isaac. If they are a part of the promise, God will resurrect it. It is time to send Ishmael away if he is going to taunt the promise that is inside of you. 

God hears the cry of the broken; God hears the cry of the broken. 

This Psalm was to be played with stringed instruments upon an eight-string lyre. That the psalm was meant for song means that worship is vital to our walk with God. The lyre is like a harp, and many musicians in the Tabernacle of David were said to have prophesied on the lyre. As we worship, truly worship God, in Spirit and Truth, He will move in our lives. 

I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre {Ps. 49:4 ESV}.

God will give the answer from heaven when we worship Him. The answer we need, He will drop it into our spirit in worship as we spend precious time in His presence. A.W. Tozer said that worship for him begins on bended knee with Bible wide open. It is all about His presence.

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever {Ps. 16:11 NASB}.

 In His presence, peace will flood like a river, chains will break, yokes will be destroyed. Real worship—bathing in the presence of God—will give you strength to weather any storm. 

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