Don’t punish me, LORD, or even correct me when you are angry! Have pity on me and heal my feeble body. My bones tremble with fear, and I am in deep distress. How long will it be? Turn and come to my rescue. Show your wonderful love and save me, LORD. If I die, I cannot praise you or even remember you. My groaning has worn me out. At night my bed and pillow are soaked with tears. Sorrow has made my eyes dim, and my sight has failed because of my enemies. You, LORD, heard my crying, and those hateful people had better leave me alone. You have answered my prayer and my plea for mercy. My enemies will be ashamed and terrified, as they quickly run away in complete disgrace.
David addresses speaking to the Lord for deliverance in time of trouble. David truthfully expresses his most inner feelings of sorrows. The act of confession of sin is physically and emotionally draining. With a renewed commitment to God and willing to accept God’s punishment he asks the Lord to have pity on him. For if God treated David with justice he would die. God is gracious and will forgive us out of his mercy and kindness, keeping us from experiencing what we deserve. As believers we all guilty of sin. Only through Jesus can we ask for forgiveness and return ourselves to honoring him. This Psalm is written for everyone who knows God and desires eternal life.
Dear Lord, I desire to be your obedient follower, but I am not perfect and I fail along my journey. My heart and mind tear me apart with quilt for my sinful actions. I am not worthy and you are all mighty. I come to you realizing my self-inflected situation that I alone must repent of my actions. You are gracious and merciful to those who believe and come to you in honest confession of sin. Here I am Lord. Amen