Pain into Presence (Through the Psalms)
Sooner or later every one of us will have bouts with depression and anguish. Life will throw curveballs at us that confuse and strike us with pain and agony.
David is going through one of these moments. David cries out to God, “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears (Psalm 6:6).” The word for flood here in the Hebrew is also used for to swim. David is using a hyperbole to express his intense agony and pain that he is feeling. It’s as if he is swimming in his tears every night.
But what does David do in his intense pain? He seeks the Lord. “Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.” (Psalm 6:4). This was one of the David’s greatest strengths as a man and as a King. David was able to harness his hardship, pain and suffering as a means to draw closer to God. It was as if the harder David's life got, the closer he got with God. David never wasted his pain. He understood that the crucibles of life was either allowed or ordained by God.
But not only did David seek God, God was found by him, “The Lord has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer” (Psalm 6:9). There is a transition that takes place towards the end of this Psalm and David declares that God has heard and answered his prayer.
In other words, if we persevere and continue to seek God, God will break through into our lives. There will come a tipping point where God will deliver us from our situation. God’s light will break through the darkness that looms over our lives will come to an end.
- What do you find yourself turning to other than God? How can you put that aside and rather depend on God?
- Sometimes crying and acknowledging your pain is the first step of healing. It is okay to cry and feel the weight of you pain like David. But cry and yield the pain to the Lord.