This morning, I’ve been reading through Psalm 6 again. It struck me how very apt it is to this time we’re in. It’s day forty nine of lockdown in the U.K. It’s been even longer for those of us who had the virus and had to self isolate before the official lockdown.
For many, especially those who are ‘shielded’, and not allowed to even go to the shops, this is beginning to have an effect mentally and emotionally.
Sometimes our own thoughts can be our worst enemies, can’t they? Don’t you ever lie in bed at night wrestling with your thoughts? I reckon we all do.
Here in this Psalm, we find an exhausted King David, worn out from weeping. I like the way The Passion Translation puts it:
“I’m exhausted and worn out with my weeping. I endure weary, sleepless nights filled with moaning, soaking my pillow with my tears.” Psalm 6:6
When this happens; when a person succumbs to despair, when depression sets in and gets a grip on your heart, it’s very difficult to focus on anything else. It can seem you are surrounded by your ‘enemies’ – your negative thoughts, the constant flow of bad news, the extension of lockdown. People send you Bible verses to encourage you, you watch the livestream of your church’s services, but none of it helps; it seems you can’t focus.
David describes feeling that way: verse 7 goes on to say: “My eyes of faith won’t focus anymore, for sorrow fills my heart. There are so many enemies who come against me!”
His spiritual vision, usually so sharp, had become unfocused – blurry, because he had allowed his heart to be overwhelmed by the voice of his enemy.
A HEART REFOCUS:
Then, in verse 8, as David is crying out to God, it’s as though he is turning the lens of his heart to refocus, and suddenly He sees. It all becomes clear, the Lord has heard the cries of his heart.
I like the way the NKJV translates verse 8: “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.” Psalm 6:8
Our tears have a ‘voice’. Sometimes, in the presence of God, there are just no words- all you can do is weep, whether from repentance, joy, or because you simply can’t find words and your heart is so full.
It isn’t that God is impressed by tears and great big emotional displays, but He is deeply moved by a true, passionate heart, and David had such a heart. Spurgeon summed it up so beautifully when he said we should view our tears as ‘liquid prayers’.
Our tears are very precious to God. Psalm 56:8
tells us, “You’ve kept track of all my wandering and my weeping. You’ve stored my many tears in your bottle—not one will be lost. For they are all recorded in your book of remembrance.”
GOD OUR HOPE!
I don’t know how long we’ll be in lockdown, no one really does. But I DO know this with absolute certainty: The Lord says, “I will never leave you alone, never! And I will not loosen my grip on your life!” Hebrews 13:5
He also says, “Those who trust in the Lord are as unshakeable, as unmovable as mighty Mount Zion! Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord’s wrap-around presence surrounds his people, protecting them now and forever.” Psalm 125:1-2
If you are His, He’s ‘got you!’ No matter what else goes on around you. You, in Him, are unshakable.
PS: The featured photo is of a necklace I made this morning, available for purchase in my Etsy shop, Miss Maisie’s Wee Shop. It’s based on Psalm 56:8. I’ve been making these for a while, but this morning I felt the Lord impress upon my heart to change it a little and add to the mix Frankincense oil. 💕🔥