Deliver Me for the Sake of Your Steadfast Love

This meditation is based on a passage for September 24, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 6

Reflection and Question: Let’s take a moment to put ourselves in the shoes of the psalmist who says, “I am languishing, shaking with terror, weary with moaning, wasting away from grief and weak because of all my foes.” Sunk in that desolate place, then let us pray with the poet from our hearts, “Be gracious, save my life, accept my prayer and put my enemies to shame.” The fundamental reason offered for God to answer our prayer is God’s “steadfast love.” Other feelings are attributed to God — anger, for one — but the feeling that’s appealed to is God’s love. What does God’s steadfast love offer to you as a gift?

Prayer: Please, God, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed.
Treat me nice for a change; I’m so starved for affection.
Break in, God, and break up this fight; if you love me at all, get me out of here. Amen.
(Eugene Peterson, The Message, p. 915)