O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O LORD—how long?
Turn, O LORD, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will 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 eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
The LORD has heard my plea;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
Comment: You can feel the agony rising from David’s bed. His self pity makes him cry out that emotionally (languishing), physically (bones), spiritually (soul) he is exhausted. It seems that for a considerable time his enemies have been troubling him, bringing him to the point of despair. He knows that God has some sorting out to do in his life. God has reasons to be angry with him, and David needs disciplining. But he pleads with God for relief.
Then the whole mood of the psalm changes. God has listened and he calls out in triumph over his foes! God doesn’t mind us being honest, and He does answer prayer!
Prayer: In all the circumstances of my life train me to come to You in honest prayer, O my God.