Scripture: Psalms 6
Verse 1: David appeals to God, not protesting against a deserved punishment it seems (one doesn’t ask for mercy in punishment without acknowledging his/her wrongdoing) but asking for God’s mercy. Think about it, your reaction (if any) for example towards someone who annoyed you, is usually more intense at the point of annoyance than when you’ve cooled off. Not saying that God acts like us, but looking at it from the standpoint of David’s plea.
Verses 2-7: He is deeply grieved by whatever it is he has committed that it seems like death, and describes in detail his corresponding actions. The reference to his enemies suggests to me that possibly, his enemies taunted him and he reacted to them in such a way that he sinned against God, attracting punishment.
Verses 8-10: He asks his trouble makers effectively to get lost, acknowledging that God has heard his prayer and would grant him justice.
Application: Sometimes, it seems some individuals have taken it upon themselves to taunt us, with or without any trigger on our part and seem to be ‘making a job’ of it. No matter the taunts though, our reactions toward anyone who has wronged us shouldn’t make us sin against God, even if it seems quite justified. A flood of suggestions (and many of them would be unkind/evil) could flood our minds when we’ve been wronged and emotions are high. Please remember that in such moments, it is easier to yield to the flesh because it is raging, but choose not to because the carnal mind is enmity against God (Romans 8:7). Our responding positively to evil suggestions would have us shortly on our knees in repentance, deeply grieved like David because we reacted in a manner that doesn’t line up with the character of the Jesus we claim lives in our hearts, whom we live for (or are supposed to)!
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your mercy and provision to help me not to fall into sin when tempted even by the taunts of people (1 Cor 10:13). In the name of Jesus, I nullify every influence of the enemy over that individual(s) causing him/her/them to taunt me (Eph 6:12; 2 Cor 10:4-5). I ask for and receive the grace to always yield to Your promptings by the Holy Spirit, showing me the way to react in distressing and tempting situations. Help me Lord, to please You in all that I do in Jesus name I ask, amen.
God bless you 🙂
© Lydia Ndagilaya for PneumaWord
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