Thoughts On Psalms: Tearful, Sorrowful Prayers

Psalm 6:6,7 I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.

My friends, David is reaching the depths of despair. He moans and groans in his misery. His condition, perhaps an emotional exhaustion, is taking from him any semblance of joy. He has no peace. His sorrows are so great that he is burdened to the degree he has become weak.

Have you ever cried to the degree David does? I have. At the time I really believed death would be better than what I was living. Like David my pillow was drenched in tears.

Have you cried with wrenching pain? Has the sorrow been so deep that your pillow was soaked in tears? Have you been so despondent that getting out of bed or off the chair was a challenge too great?

David’s sorrow is likely the result of the rebellious acts of Absalom, his son. David’s family was torn to many pieces because of Absalom’s sin. Recall Absalom’s sister. Tamar, was raped by their half-brother, Amnon. Absalom cautioned Tamar to keep quiet about the rape, but inwardly Absalom seethed with anger. Two years later Absalom exacted revenge upon Amnon by having him killed during shearing season. (2 Samuel 13).

David was not blind to the ways of his sons. He knew Amnon had done this terrible thing, yet he did nothing to Amnon. Now the consequences of that act were laid at his feet. His family was tearing apart before his eyes.

David’s vision is failing. His eyes are sunken. There is so much going on in his life; enemies chasing him into the hills, his king wanting him dead, no place to rest, a debilitating sickness. He is overwhelmed!

Are we different than David? Have we allowed the world and the devil the opening to attack us and to overwhelm us? We know folks, perhaps some of us in this group, who are drenching their pillows at night. It would be my blessing from God to pray with you about those things that are troubling you.

Let’s all be a blessing today. Pray for those you know who are so troubled. Lift them up to God.

Psalm 6:8-10 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. May all my enemies be ashamed and dismayed; may they turn back in sudden disgrace.

Think about what has transpired here. In the previous verses David was in such agony that he screamed out to God for mercy. His despair was so overwhelming he “drenched” his bed with tears. But, now the Lord has heard his prayer!

David demands his enemies depart from him immediately. Why? “The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.”

Scripture teaches the Holy Spirit knows our hearts; He knows what we should pray for and how. The Spirit takes our innermost, heartfelt desires to God. The Spirit shares those with God.

My sorrowful, weeping prayers have been answered in this same way. David received an assurance that God heard him and that He would act. I have received the same kind of assurance from God. He heard my prayers and He gave me assurance that all would be well.

God knows the hearts of evil men, too.

David is encouraged by God’s answer and orders his enemies to disengage; to disperse! David realizes that God’s hand will cause them shame and confusion. God will disgrace them in battle. The Victory is surely His.

Don’t we spend a great deal of time wallowing in our defeats and sicknesses? Isn’t there a better answer than to pity ourselves? There is!

Praise be to God. Honor Him with your prayers of thanksgiving. Bless Him with your supplication. Pray for those who hate you. May they be “ashamed and dismayed” and turn to God in repentance. Do not harbor resentment. Give an offering to God that He will find fragrant and pleasing. Be conscious of your place in Heaven where treasures are already stored. (Ephesians 1)

Be a blessing to someone today. Pray for them.