PSALM 6: WHY DO I KEEP CRYING?

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Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
    heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
    How long, Lord, how long?

Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from the grave?

I am worn out from my 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.

PSALM 6:1-7, NIV

Depression is a deep and dark place where people sometimes cry and don't know why. You may have experienced depression like this, and it may be a small comfort to know that King David experienced something like a deep depression over what was happening to his family, his kingdom.

He says, "I have soaked my pillow from crying."

  • Ever felt this kind of grief when someone in your life dies?
  • Have you ever felt such pain that you didn't want to live?

One time when we were living in Uganda doing church planting mission work there, I was so sick I felt like dying. I literally might have chosen to die rather than to be sick another day in this way.

  • Yet some of you feel this way from dialysis or cancer treatments regularly.
  • Maybe you have clinical depression and medication helps.
  • Or you have experienced the horror of losing a child, the body wracking pain of losing a spouse you've lived with many decades.

Psalm 6 is a word for you today. The psalm assures us that Yahweh has heard and will hear our pleas for help. 

ACTION STEP

Cry out, but not just to anyone or to no one in particular. Cry out to the Lord. Pray the prayer below.

Get counseling or medical help if you are dealing with possible clinical depression. Here are some helpers in Tulsa we recommend. Counselors and Clinics

PRAYER

Thank you Father for hearing me today. You know I am in pain. I'm tired. Every night I wrestle, my dreams are nightmares, and I'm so worn out. I have become weak from fighting against the people who could be supporting me. May evil flee from me. Hear my cry, Father! Jesus hear my plea! Holy Spirit walk with me in through the valley of the shadow of death. Help me to fear no evil, for You are with me. Yahweh answer my prayer!

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Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.

 
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