Thoughts On Psalms: Persevering Prayer

Psalm 6:4,5
Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?

We need first to understand God is unequivocally sovereign in all things. In these verses the Psalmist may be feeling as if God is indifferent to his pleas. The sickness that has overtaken him has challenged his confidence in the Lord. He is not receiving the healing that he expects from our Lord.

The Psalmist continues to recognize, however, that his deliverance from sickness and death can only come from God.

Then he takes a unique approach to God; “What good am to you if I am dead, O Lord. No one will remember you. After all what kinds of praise can I give from death; from within the grave.” The Psalmist’s argument with God is this; “If I am absent from my body, then my soul cannot praise You!”

As reverent as the Psalmist could be he did not have the full advantage of the revelation of Christ Jesus. Paul wrote, “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to be depart and be with Christ, which is better by far…” (Philippians 1:22,23). And there is this; to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

We know from Whom our spiritual inner strength comes. Let’s endeavor to call on Him. Some of us are ill. We are all dying. Some of us are suffering great pain in our sickness. Some are not. In all of our fleshly trials call on Him to carry you through.

See His glory. Be a blessing today. Pray for your friends. Ask God to carry them through.

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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