Thoughts On Psalms: How Long Oh Lord

Psalm 6:1-3

O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger or discipline me in Your wrath. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how Long?

The Psalmist became ill. Perhaps he felt as if he was dying. He certainly believed that his God was behind the sickness maybe causing it. He seeks the LORD’s favor and begs the condition be removed from him.

We can do that to ourselves; bring on sickness. We might attribute our sickness to God. It might be. Perhaps there is a sin that is not addressed. One in which we fail to humble ourselves and seek forgiveness. Scripture teaches that some of us drink from the cup of the Lord and eat at His table yet fail to recognize Him.

1 Corinthians 11:27-30
27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.

It is important to confess all our sins. God knows our innermost secrets.

David agonized. It seems the Lord was moving slowly. “How long, O Lord, how long?”

As long as it takes. God teaches we are to count trials and tribulations as joy. For in the end He gives persistence and patience to the believer.

We all know someone who is very sick; perhaps one of us. Be a blessing today. Pray for them and with them to clear the slate with God.

Thank you Father for this day. Lead us to do Your will. In the Name of our Savior, Jesus. Amen.

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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