Psalm 31: 6-10….What is going on?

I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the LORD.
I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.

Comment: As I continue through this psalm I see David so much as like me – sometimes with strong faith and commitment, other times with wavering doubts and fears – as unreasonable, in the light of God’s character, as they are. David alignes himself with Jehovah God and is repugnant at the thought of worshipping pieces of wood or moulded metal. He spends a line or two acknowledging God’s steadfast love and protection, but then collapses into misery. It doesn’t sound like a small hiccough in his life! Is he passing the zenith of his successful life? He describes a wasting body (even his bones are wasting away – is this symbolic?) He lists grief, sorrow and iniquity. The Bible lists some grievous sinning which he did; like all of us he weakened with age, was he at that stage of life when he wrote this? It will be interesting to read on and see where the psalm takes us.

Prayer: Sometimes, as You know, O God, I waver in doubt. Thank You that You don’t throw me out at such times.

One thought on “Psalm 31: 6-10….What is going on?

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this Psalm. “Even if we are faithless, God is still faithful.” These words are such a blessed comfort, knowing that God will forgive our faithlessness when we confess it to him. “He will restore my soul.” God is in the business of restoring us when we repent and confess our sin. Praise Him for His great love to us. God bless you.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: