Are you (have you been) overly disappointed with yourself so much that you are sure the Lord is against you? It is likely this is a thought that has entered into your mind once or twice. It has mine. So disappointed I am with myself that it is even hard to look up to the Lord and ask Him to forgive me because I feel terribly unworthy of the Lord’s love.

The psalmist might have thought something similar in the 6th Psalm. What prompted David to write this Psalm? Was it that he was sick, and his sickness was the Lord’s displeasure in him? Perhaps, but there is nothing in the Psalm to give indication of this. In fact, there is no indication within the Psalm that gives any clue of the reason for the writing.

We can glean the following, however. First, David is concerned with his relationship with the Lord in his weakness, or being frail (6:1-5). Second, whatever prompted the words in the previous five verses, in the next two, David experiences the outside forces of those opposed to him in such a way that the emotional weight is heavy (6:6-7). Third, David is reassured because the Lord did hear his prayer and in his recovery he warns all those who stand opposed to him that the Lord is on his side (6:8-10).

I suppose it is easily said that we all experience something similar to what David wrote on this occasion. It is very easy to look upon self and stay in the valley of despair. David, however, did not. He looked upon the Lord in such a way that as he made his life walk that strait and narrow path, he knew the Lord would pull him up out of the valley of despair. We need and desire the Lord to do the same with each of us as we descend into that valley.

He will, but let us be sure we are walking on the path the Lord set forth for us. Then, when we look back, we will see one set of foot prints in the descent, but then we will see two sets in the ascent. RT