Do you ever lie in bed at night wrestling with your thoughts? I reckon we all do at some time or another. Even when we can keep those fearful or anxious thoughts at bay throughout the light of day, somehow they seem magnified in the darkness.
“I am worn out from sobbing.” At the start of Psalm 6 we find King David, worn out from weeping into his pillow. The trial he faced at the time had three components to it: David felt God was angry with him. He felt distant from God and lacked a sense of God’s presence. And (perhaps because of the first 2), David couldn’t sleep. All this weeping and wrestling with his thoughts left him exhausted.
“My vision is blurred by grief, my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.” David’s spiritual vision, usually sharp, had become unfocused — blurred — because he had allowed his heart to be overwhelmed by his thoughts. When a person succumbs to despair, when anxious thoughts set in and get a grip on the heart, it’s very difficult to focus on anything else. It can seem as though you are “surrounded by your ‘enemies.”
David frequently had enemies; ones with murder on their minds, and hatred in their hearts. We may not face the same sort of enemies, but we do face many ‘forces’ in the world that have the potential to ruin us economically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
How do we refocus the “eyes of our hearts,” when our problems loom so large that they are all we see? If we read a little bit further in the Psalm, we see how David did so.
A HEART REFOCUS:
In verse 8 we see a sudden change in tone. It’s as though his focus has shifted. No longer is he consumed by his anxiety. His gaze shifts to the LORD. The ‘lens’ of his heart turns until it refocusses and David sees clearly again. And as this happens, he finds the strength to command his enemies (in this case perhaps his own fearful thoughts) to get away from him.
The realisation has dawned on David that the LORD has heard the cries of his heart.
Crying and weeping are natural, God given responses and God sees our tears and is moved with compassion for us. Our tears have a ‘voice.’ Sometimes, in the presence of God, there are just no words — all you can do is weep, whether from sadness, repentance or joy. Or because you simply can’t find words and your heart is so full that it overflows in tears.
We can keep our hearts focused when we direct our tears towards the LORD, rather than towards our problems — allowing ourselves to become overwhelmed by them. Fear, doubt, unbelief and anxiety have no choice but to bow at the name of Jesus.
God is deeply moved by his children’s tears. Spurgeon summed this up very eloquently:
Our tears are very precious to God. Psalm 56 says:
GOD OUR HOPE!
We will always have trials in this life. But we can know this with absolute certainty: God says,
If you are presently facing difficult a time in life, remember this promise, and hold onto it:
No matter what else goes on around you, the presence of God surrounds you, to comfort, strengthen and uphold you. He hears every prayer, even the ‘liquid ones’ that have no words, and in Christ, you are unshakable!