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I read a quote today by Biblical scholar Charles Spurgeon, where he referred to tears as 'liquid prayers.' It's an interesting way to think of it. This Psalm mentions tears a lot. David poetically describes how he floods his bed with tears, and his couch with weeping. Further on, he says that God has heard the sound of his weeping.
It's not that our loving Father in heaven is impressed with displays of emotion, but rather, he loves passionate hearts! David wasn’t afraid to cry before the LORD, and God honored the voice of his weeping.
As is so often the case in David's Psalms, he acknowledges that God's anger against him is his own fault. We don't know what David feels guilty about, but he calls upon God for mercy.
The fact of the matter is that none of us can be good enough for God's pleasure. If we're honest with ourselves and with God, we too should soberly acknowledge our need for grace, and the absense of our own righteousness.
God saves us from ourselves, not because we deserve it, but because he loves us. Let us all orient ourselves around our real need for God, and call to him to save us! When we're in despair, even the product of our own making, God wants to help us!
Call on him, and see how he can make beauty out of chaos!
Prayer for Recovery from Grave Illness
To the leader: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1 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.
New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.