The background to Psalm 6 is David’s adultery and the murder he committed to cover his sin. He felt sick to his core. His very soul was agitated until he acknowledged his sin. In Psalm 6 the King of Israel, the one man who is “like-hearted” with the Almighty (look at 1 Samuel 13:13-14 and Acts 13:22), is trying to get a grip on the effect sin has in his life.
Not once in Psalm 6 does David fear that the Almighty will condemn him to eternal punishment. He knows that whom the LORD loves he disciplines as a loving father.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction; for whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12 nkj
David was not afraid of being banished from heaven. What made him sick was that the Almighty, the love of David’s life, had turned His face away from him. When David prays for God to “turn” or “return” he is asking that God not keep his back to David. God has not left David, but he cannot look on our sin. Psalm 22:22 tells us that David had a foretaste of what Y’shua – Jesus experienced on the cross when the Almighty turned His back on sin (Matthew 27:46). God does not condemn believers in Y’shua to eternal punishment. But he does not close his eyes to our sin either. He disciplines us because he loves us.
This week we will be looking at the difference between discipline and condemnation. Those who reject the Almighty are condemned but those who have embraced Y’shua by believing in Him, who are “born again,” will occasionally know his discipline. The heart of the believer is not hard and stony; it is tender, fleshy. It hurts when God hurts. There are seasons when we weep, as David did, because our sin has made a appalling rift between ourselves and our beloved God. The Almighty does not ignore our tears, they are precious to him. Look at these tender words God has said about tears.
Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His (saints means “dedicated ones”), and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30: 4-5
He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 25:8
So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:14-17
You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me. In God (I will praise His word), In the LORD (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:8-11
Please do not be dismayed at the difficult subject of the week. A time will come in your lives when you need to know that your sin has not condemned you (like it did Y’shua who took YOUR condemnation) but, if you are born again, it has put you in a position of knowing how horrible sin is to your relationship with the Almighty who loves you so deeply that he gave his only begotten son for you.
Mrs. Hagerty, October 13, 2015