Monday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 6
1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage.
2 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 I am sick at heart.
How long, O Lord, until you restore me?
4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
Save me because of your unfailing love.
5 For the dead do not remember you.
Who can praise you from the grave?

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

6:1–5 Plea for Mercy. These verses arise from some life-threatening situation; a sickness would fit the description, as would a number of other desperate crises. The song interprets the situation as coming from God’s displeasure at some particular sins. This does not mean that all desperate situations are evidence of God’s displeasure, only that some may be; the psalm provides a vehicle for singing to God properly in such cases.
6:2 Sufferings of God’s people ultimately turn out to be analogous, on a lesser level, to the sufferings of Christ (Ps. 22:14; Phil. 3:10).
6:4 for the sake of your steadfast love. Those who are penitent appeal to God’s love and mercy, and not to their own well-doing.
6:5 Sheol is a proper name in Hebrew; sometimes it serves as a poetic name for the grave, to which all go (e.g., 141:7), and other times it names the dim destination to which the wicked go but not the faithful (e.g., 49:14–15). If it refers to the grave here, the idea is that the dead do not have the privilege of recounting God’s praise in public worship. The verse expresses the fear that the psalmist’s sins, if not forgiven, would separate him from God’s presence.

Study Questions:

  • David is suffering in Psalm 6. Sometimes we suffer in life because of the curse of sin. We live in a cursed and broken world. But SOMETIMES we suffer because of God's discipline in our lives. This is what David is experiencing. He realizes that he is in this situation because God is displeased with his sin. Think about times in your life when you've suffered. Which ones were no fault of your own? And which ones do you think could be a result of your own sin and God's discipline in your life?

  • Sometimes we can fall into the trap of treating our own sin casually. We think that since we are saved and our sins are forgiven that our sin is no big deal. But nothing could be further from the truth. God is, and always will be, displeased with our sin. You know from your other relationships that it's possible for you to love someone and still be displeased with their actions. The fact is, our sin grieves the heart of God. And he disciplines us because he loves us. What areas of sin in your life might you be guilty of treating casually? Is there something there that might be grieving the heart of God and bringing his discipline to your life?

Pray:

  • That you would be quick to recognize God's discipline in your life.
  • That you would never treat your sin casually.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory!

7. How can I trust that the Bible is still God’s Word today? I trust the Bible is still God’s Word today because Jesus rose from the dead proving He was God and said His words would never pass away. Through the Holy Spirit, God inspired the writing of the Scripture, determined the canon of Scripture and protected the copying of Scripture so that we might know Him and worship Him to this day.
(Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

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