3 My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
David is absolutely desperate, weary, and despondent.
He is troubled in his inner most being … “my soul”.
It’s a steady, continuous effect on him “every night” … “moaning” and by day he is “weeping” … “drenches his couch”.
He doesn’t know when these terrible circumstances will change … “how long?”
But King David knows God is truly sovereign … “deliver me” … “save me” … “hear me”.
It’s such a lie to believe if I just improve my circumstances a bit then all goes well with life.
Here is the king … the person with everything he wants available at his command … but he is not happy.
I need to learn from David’s lesson that my contentment will never be a function of my circumstances in life.
Those will always be volatile … sometimes better, sometimes worse.
That’s why I love the way David describes the love of God … “steadfast”.
I need to know that in an ever changing world I am enveloped by a never changing love.
In my worst moments and on my worst days, God “accepts my prayer” and “hears my plea”.
Perhaps, I’m not “weeping on the couch”.
That’s seems so dramatic, right?
I’m just not an emotional guy, I’ll think.
But, more realistically, am I “escaping reality” on the couch or “avoiding responsibility” on the couch?
And maybe I don’t “flood my bed with tears”.
But am I tossing and turning?
Am I lying awake?
More directly to David’s point:
“Is my soul greatly troubled?”
Then I need to always know that I can be delivered from this.
And not for my own sake, but “for the sake of God’s steadfast love”!
And if I am not delivered from troubling or uncertain circumstances, God still always hears my prayer.
God thank you that you always hear my prayer.
You are always there, even in the worst of times.
Help me always remember that You are my deliverer.
In Jesus name,