Seize the Moment – Day 1092

A Prayer of Repentance!

Psalm 6


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, March 14.


Psalm 6 is one of the seven penitential psalms, which means the author’s focus was on confessing sin and asking God for mercy and forgiveness. In other words, it is a psalm of repentance! In Psalm 6:1-4, David cried out to God five times:


O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed. And my soul is greatly dismayed; but You, O Lord – how long? Return, O Lord, rescue my soul; save me because of Your lovingkindness.


Do you hear both his physical pain and emotional anguish? The consequences of sin can be far reaching in our lives. Therefore, in our suffering, we must turn to the One who can rescue us. Repentance begins with a confession of faith – David cried out, “O Lord!” five times in four verses. Before anything else, he declared God to be Yahweh – the One who would hear his cry and answer him in his distress. In his suffering, David did not run from God, He ran to Him. Like a child to her father is David to his God.


David cried out to Yahweh by lamenting his sin, agonizing over his pain, requesting mercy and grace, and pleading for God not to delay. This is the key to an effective prayer life – pray fervently to the One who can give you relief (James 5:16). By verse 9, David has experienced relief and an assurance of God’s response, “The Lord has heard my supplication, the Lord receives my prayer.”


Seize the moment and pray Psalm 6, meditating upon the faithfulness of God to respond to your prayer of repentance – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).


God bless you!


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