Short Meditations in Psalms: 6.10 Confidence & Assurance
Psa 6:10 All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.
Let’s overview this psalm as David comes to the end of it. He asks the Lord to be gentle with him (v.1) because he is in a poor physical state (v.2) and indeed anguishes in his soul as well (v.3). He asks the Lord, on the basis of His love, to deliver him (v.4) and uses the logic, what’s the point of my dying, I won’t be able to praise you then (v.5). Then he says how much he has been weeping, day and night (v.6) and he’s losing perspective because of his tears (v.7) but then, suddenly he get an assurance that God has heard him (v.8) and the Lord accepts him (v.9), which brings us to his final declaration of assurance for that is what this verse is.
Note the positive nature of what he says: “All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.” All, not just some of them, and they all WILL feel bad about what they have been saying and doing and they will all turn away from attacking David and will slink away in disgrace.
And why will this happen? Because, “the LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.” (v.8,9) There is almost an echo here of what the Lord said to Moses at the burning bush: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them.” (Ex 3:7,8)
When the Lord sees the plight of His people, He feels for them and His compassion energises Him into action on their behalf. That is what David knows and having just caught the sense of the Lord having heard him, the rest follows.
A question in the light of these psalms of David. Where he appeals to the Lord to take notice: does this imply God doesn’t take notice of us and has to be made aware of who we are and what we are doing? Psa 121 denies that. He is a God who is always awake to us.
So why does David so often appear to be calling for God’s attention? The answer, I suggest, is that so often the affairs of the world combined with our fickle emotions and the whispers of the enemy, lead us to believe we are on our own or God’s attention needs to be drawn to us. The truth is that often it is only as we pray, as we refocus on the Lord, does the sense get through to us of what is the truth – the Lord is watching, is listening and is always there on our case. We NEED to pray because only as we do that, does the truth get through to us afresh. So, feel free to cry out and then listen. Amen? Amen!