Finding the Cross of Jesus in the Psalm 6:8-9 (Blog Series 2)
Updated: Jan 22
Psalm 6:8-9 (ESV)
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.
Although David had many enemies I believe in our time we have one real enemy and that is Satan. Through the work of the cross, we can stand united with Christ and proclaim, “Depart from me, Satan” because the Lord not only hears our prayer but he accepts our prayer. The evil and evildoers overwhelmed King David throughout Psalm 5 through 8 but we see that David was obviously told by God that he hears his prayers and accepts his prayers. Just imagine for a moment that if you really believed that God not only hears your prayers but also accepts them how much peace does that bring you? How much hope does that give you? How much confidence does that give us to stand against the enemy?
Do you believe God is near when you are weeping? Or is your weeping “evidence” that God is not near? What I mean to say is, do you find God in your sorrow? Jesus was called a man of sorrow. Jesus understood grief more than we can ever imagine, yet he was God. Jesus has suffered more than we can ever bear ourselves but through the cross of our Savior we can see God in the midst of our pain. So we see that Jesus shares our sorrow so we don't have to feel the full brunt of the suffering. Isaiah puts it this way:
Isaiah 53:3-5 (ESV)
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
I'm in no way minimizing our pain but maximizing the Lord's strengths in the midst of our sorrow. Rather than running from our sorrow, we can embrace it as Jesus did. How does this happen? It is through the cross of our great Savior. Now we can see how God not only hears our prayers but also accepts them because it is Jesus who carries our sorrows. So I hope the next time you find yourself overwhelmed with sorrow and weeping that you will take comfort knowing God hears you. And that you will know the depths of His love through Christ and Him crucified.