“ O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger,
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
O LORD, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
3 My soul also is struck with terror,
while you, O LORD—how long?
4 Turn, O LORD, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who can give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eyes waste away because of grief;
they grow weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my supplication;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.”
Like Psalm 3 (yesterday morning’s text), this Psalm is a prayer of petition. The Psalmist is facing a life-threatening situation and turns to God for help. The lesson for us is that this prayer is not a “hail Mary” kind of prayer. Turning to God is not the last resort. For the Psalmist, God is always and already present, ready to assist when the situation requires it. The Psalmist prays with the full expectation that God will hear and act. That is how he can then state, “All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror; they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.”
That’s the true definition of faith.
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