Psalm 6:2 (NIV)
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
Last night in an exciting game of Ultimate Frisbee with the Frisbee flying from one end of the gym and youth running everywhere. During the game my son went high in the air to catch a Frisbee and his legs were taken out from under him. He became close and personal with the gym floor landing on his arm. That brings us to where I sit now, the ER. X-rays have shown that relationship with the floor did not do well for his wrist as one of the small bones is broken. Every time he would move his arm he got the reminder of the broken bone. Once the doctor put the splint on and demobilized his arm it brought much relief. Now we wait as his wrist heals and he is restored back to full health.
As I sat in the ER and was thinking about broken bones I thought to myself bones are not the only thing that can be broken. We can be broken spiritually. Let’s take a look at David.
David also had reminders of broken bones, but his injuries were spiritual, not physical. After David’s moral collapse involving an affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, God firmly disciplined him. But then David turned to Him in repentance and prayed, “Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice” (Ps. 51:8).
God’s chastening was so crushing that David felt like his bones were broken. Yet he trusted that the God of grace could both repair his brokenness and rekindle his joy. In our own failure and sin, it’s a comfort to know that God loves us enough to pursue and restore us with His loving discipline.
Dear Lord, You did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline. Help us to move beyond the bad experiences and pains of our past and embrace the challenges of the future with confidence knowing You are there to help restore us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.