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Daily Devotional by Rev. Dr. Kandace Brooks
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Morning by Morning Daily Devotional Monday, January 7, 2019

Psalm 6

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
    Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
My soul also is struck with terror,
    while you, O Lord—how long?

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
    deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
    in Sheol who can give you praise?

I am weary with my moaning;
    every night I flood my bed with tears;
    I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eyes waste away because of grief;
    they grow weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
    for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
    they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.

Psalm 6 is a prayer for healing in the midst of great suffering; both physical (illness) and spiritual.  I am struck by the wisdom of the opening line.  The poet could have simply said ‘do not rebuke me….do not discipline me’ – but I think he knew better; for each of us require both rebuke and discipline.  But to say to God ‘do not rebuke me in your anger’ is a different request; perhaps it is an acknowledgement that we are not able to withstand the power of God’s anger or wrath, and so we cry for mercy.
There are great words of hope in this prayer – ‘The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer.’  Whatever you might find yourself in the midst of today, know that God hears your prayer!
Be still my soul, the Lord is on your side….

Are you able to help with a debris-removal day trip to the panhandle this Saturday, January 12?  If so, please contact Don Griesheimer today and join the team!
dgriesheimer@comcast.net

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