To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. On an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David.
1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled; but You, O LORD–how long?
4 Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
5 For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?
6 I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.
7 My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.
For all of David’s faults and moments of epically poor judgment (Bathsheba and Uriah anyone?) to his credit he never forgot where the source of all his success was. He did not hesitate to cry out to God and he understood the value of persistence in doing so. We see this much at least in verse 3 with the “how long?”.
There is a very famous sentiment that says, ”What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I would offer an addendum to this notion. Knowing that God has rescued you in the past strengthens your faith that He will lead you safely out of your current crisis. All you need to do is exercise that faith and listen to what he tells you and obey without hesitation. Learn to recognize his still, small voice and follow it. You are still the same frail weakling you have always been, but your faith is constantly being galvanized to the point of unbreakableness.