Rev. Matthew Wurm, pastor of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings, SD joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 6.
God’s steadfast love is so great that He allows us to lament to Him, admit our weaknesses, and show our pain. David shows us the connection of body and soul that when one is struggling the other is affected. We are shown our relationship with the LORD is real. He knows what it is like to feel what we feel and addresses us not as a judge, but more as a merciful Father. We can speak “How long O LORD?” and reminds us that He not only hears our prayers, but accepts us on account of His work in Christ. “O LORD, hear our prayer. When we are troubled, we come to You. Turn to us with Your grace, keep away evil, and we know that by the cross of Christ, You will be near to us and will deliver us by Your strength. In Him, Amen”
Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
O Lord, Deliver My Life
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith.[a] A Psalm of David.
6 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
- Psalm 6:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. esv.org