O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?
4 Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.
8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
9 The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.
10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.
David, the song writer, the harpist, does not hold back when it comes to expressing his sorrow and his anger, as well as his joy, to God. I think this is one of the things that makes the Psalms so endearing. David talks to God, he sings to God, as one could only speak to a best friend, to someone he trusts entirely.
He begs God for mercy, he pours out his sorrow, his weariness, his distress. By the end of the song, he shows the confidence he still has in God, his Friend, who also happens to be the God of the universe. The Lord has heard me, let all my troubles depart.
God is not offended when we take our troubles to Him. In fact, He wants us to, and He is the best One in the universe to help us carry our burdens. He is always available, never gets tired of hearing us, never stops loving us, and has the power to help us in our distress. He promises wisdom, peace, and hope.
Let’s take David’s example to heart. Lay your troubles down with Jesus and lean on His power to face them.
Clerk, Country Life Seventh-day Adventist Church
Cleburne, Texas USA