Psalm 6:2 | Hurt & the Healer
DAVID GOFF | june 10, 2020
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
At moments of moral failure, how do you respond? One way to respond is by doubling down. In other words, avoid facing up to your failure by pursuing even more lies, deceit, and self-deception.
When we choose to double down on our moral failures, we risk the following effects:
· Irreparable trust issues with those we have offended
· Possibility of an even greater failure later
· A hardened heart - with no hope of healing
In this Psalm, we see David suffering from the consequences of a moral failure. But rather than doubling down, he prays to the Lord seeking healing. In Psalm 6:2, we see David’s prayer focus on two essential elements of healing:
Pray for mercy
One of the most exciting things about having a family with four boys is the opportunity to watch the impromptu wrestling matches that breakout in our great room when everyone’s together. Typically, it doesn’t take long till one of the boys inevitably cries, “I give” or “uncle” when the pain becomes unbearable.
Similarly, the consequences of sin can become so unbearable that we are driven to the point where all we can say is “I give!” This is David in Psalm 6. Although we are not sure the specific sin David is suffering from, he pays a high cost for his disobedience. It is in this state that David repents and humbly acknowledges to the Lord that, “I am weak” (Psalm 6:2a).
When we cry out for mercy, we acknowledge the seriousness of our sin before a holy God and the inability to fix it ourselves. This is the place where the consequences of our sin ought to drive us.
In the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, in Luke 18, it says that God justifies the sinner who acknowledges his sin and seeks His mercy. When we face times of failures or grievous attacks from others, let us not be like the proud Pharisee who hardens his heart and continues in disobedience. We need the Lord’s mercy. Not a deeper descent into the abyss of sin.
After praying for mercy, David then calls out to the Lord to heal him.
Pray for the healer
As David continues, he prays, “O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled” (Psalm 6:2b). David desperately needs healing for his troubled soul and body. How loving and merciful is God that he would show compassion to this King under intense turmoil. David’s only hope is in the healing of the Lord.
Another place in the Old Testament, where we see God as the healer is in Exodus 15. After crossing over the Red Sea, Moses leads his people through the wilderness of Shur. After being without a source of water, the Lord directs Moses to cast a tree into the bitter waters, and “the waters were made sweet.” God not only provided them deliverance from Egypt but a source for water and a place to camp. Following this, God proclaims that He is “the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).
Also, we observe in Mark 5 that Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, approaches Jesus for help. On his way to see Jairus’ daughter, a certain woman, in suffering, approached Jesus from behind. She had already spent all her money on doctors, but her condition only worsened. But, upon touching Jesus’ clothes - she was immediately cured of her affliction. Afterward, Jesus addressed her, saying, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34).
When we repent to the Lord at our time of failure and plead for his mercy - He will hear our prayers and heal us. And just like David, we can be assured, “The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer” (Psalm 6:9).
When we fall into failure, we may be tempted to pursue even more lies, deceit, and self-deception to avoid the consequences. When we do this, we risk irreparable trust issues with those we have offended, a more significant moral failure later, and hardening our hearts to God. But when we pray for mercy and healing, the Lord promises to receive our prayer and be our healer.
David Goff is the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Washington MI