What should we do when we are in pain? Either physical or mental pain would torture us seriously. We can take some pills to ease the pain or make aggressive action to express our frustration. However, there is the third way that the psalmist took. She cried out to God.
She believes that whatever happens to her things are all in God’s control. When painful things happen, she wants to see if they are God’s anger or not. Because she has such a close relationship with God, when she is taking one bad step, God immediately intervenes and straighten her up. She can feel God’s instant coaching right away. She first examines her relationship with God when things go wrong: “O Lord, Do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.’
If her severe pain is caused by God, she must have done something terrible. Otherwise, how God can allow such a terrible ache in her heart? When she thinks about that possibility she is terrified: “My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O Lord—how long?”
However, she also knows that God is gracious. She decides to ask God’s grace again. “Turn, O Lord, save my life; deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.” She reasons with God. If I am dead, how can I praise you? Please save my life! Give me joy daily so that I can praise you with gladness!
“For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who can give you praise?
I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping. My eyes waste away because of grief; they grow weak because of all my foes!”
Can these expressions actually describe your situation?
Then listen to the psalmist. She realizes that her relationship with God is strong and sound. There were enemies who attack her constantly. She knows that she needs God’s help to resist those enemies.
She shouts out: “Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer.”
Then she can go to bed to have a sound sleep with this conviction: “All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror; they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.” Whether those enemies come into our lives as persons or events, we can live one more day, knowing God is with us and God listens our prayer.