(This devotional series is created especially for moms. You can read through it here or you can listen to it by clicking the link below)
At first glance, Psalm 6 doesn’t seem to have a whole lot to offer, so as I was preparing this devotional, it was tempting to skip it and move to one that seemed to be more obviously applicable, but I felt a nudge and that still, small voice reminding me that every word of scripture is relevant in one way or another. It can be tempting to focus only on the passages that are easy to understand, but 2 Timothy 3:16,17 says this:
“ALL (emphasis mine) Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
The Message translations words it like this:
“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another-showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word, we are put together and shaped (up) for the tasks God has for us.”
Do you hear that? ALL SCRIPTURE. Even Leviticus. Even Psalm 6. God did not aimlessly throw the Bible together. He intentionally put every word of it there, so it’s worth the effort to dig deeper and find the messages God has for us in these passages that on the surface, can seem random and even meaningless.
Let’s read through the ten verses that make up Psalm 6:
O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage.
Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
I am sick at heart.
How long, O Lord, until you restore me?
Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
Save me because of your unfailing love.
For the dead do not remember you.
Who can praise you from the grave?
I am worn out from sobbing.
All night I flood my bed with weeping,
drenching it with my tears.
My vision is blurred by grief;
my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.
Go away, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord will answer my prayer.
May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified.
May they suddenly turn back in shame.
It’s pretty obvious that David was struggling with a type of spiritual depression. If you are unfamiliar with David’s background, he was anointed as king of Israel, but it was a decade before he was actually crowned. He endured some brutal times being hunted down by the reigning king who wanted him dead and during his own reign David made some pretty poor choices. To put it simply, he sinned before God…more than once. One of those times, he had an affair with another man’s wife and then had her husband killed, but David repented and cried out to God for forgiveness (this prayer can be found in Psalm 51). In spite of it all, God called David “a man after His own heart”, likely because even though David blew it many times, he always ran back to God.
We often think we have blown it so badly that we cannot make a difference for Christ in this world and that is exactly what the enemy wants. There is a reason that the Bible calls him, “the accuser of the brethren”. He wants to distract us and get us so focused on ourselves and our sin, that we completely forget that we are redeemed, holy and set apart, not because of our own righteousness, but because of the righteousness of Jesus who took our place.
The piece that can be really hard to embrace is the fact that we are broken. On this side of eternity we will struggle with sin, but His grace is always bigger. His love leads us to repentance and His power transforms us. We simply invite Him into the messiness and let Him bring the peace and change that only He can bring.
As a mom, I can’t tell you how many times I have blown it with my kids. At times when I was faced with the stark reality of my own brokenness, I remember telling my husband that if our kids turned out okay, it would be by the grace of God. Many times, I apologized to my children and called out my own sin for what it was, asking forgiveness from my kids, but also from God. I wanted them to see that while we as a people are broken, we don’t have to be afraid because God’s heart toward us is one of deep love, forgiveness,mercy and grace. As we humble ourselves, He fills us with more of Himself and that is far better and more freeing than any behavioral management that I could ever muster up.
David’s heart in this Psalm is one of humility and brokenness toward God. We don’t like to see ourselves as broken, but until we do, we miss the most powerful and transforming work that God wants to do in our lives. God says that a broken and contrite heart He will not despise (hate, detest, neglect or reject). God welcomes those of us who come to Him understanding our brokenness and our need for Him..not just once but over and over again.
John Piper has this to say about the heart of David in writing this Psalm: “David will not be happy by himself. He will be not be content until his brokenness heals others.” God wants to use our brokenness to heal others.
We often think we have to have everything (or at least most things) together before God can really use us. God says otherwise and uses Psalm 6 to help reveal that to us. As moms, this is so freeing! God wants to use us in the lives of our children and the people around us and we do not have to be perfect for that to happen. We just need to have humble hearts.
Jonathan Edwards was an American preacher, philosopher and theologian who wrestled with the feelings and thinking of the Christian life more than most. He said this about brokenness:
“Gracious affections flow out of a broken heart… All gracious affections(feelings or emotions) that are a sweet aroma to Christ, and that fill the soul of a Christian with a heavenly sweetness and fragrancy, are broken-hearted affections. A truly Christian love, either to God or men, is a humble broken-hearted love. The desires of the saints, however earnest, are humble desires. Their hope is a humble hope; and their joy, even when it is unspeakable and full of glory, is a humble broken-hearted joy….”
We will see the most progress in our growth as Christians when we recognize and embrace our brokenness while also embracing the far reaching and ever faithful love and grace that is ours in Christ.
Dig deeper: Do you see yourself as broken? Can you see how God works in and through brokenness? Do you believe that God is not only sovereign, but also eternally good? In what areas do you feel like you need to humble yourself, bring your brokenness to God and let Him transform you? I’d also like to challenge you to look up several verses on humility. It is truly an eye opener!
Check out my devotional just for moms, Grace for a Mom’s Heart (Amazon aff link)
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