To cry out in the name of the LORD Jesus, Savior of all, is the hope of everyone. Praying those affected by the London fire receive grace.
Do you watch the news?
It’s said that the fire started around 1am in West London and the building continues to burn as I type. Screams were heard and the news hasn’t released numbers of those rescued or trapped. While we hope that everyone gets safe and well from this, let’s match our concern with prayer.
Prayers of salvation, healing, and recovery for those affected by the London Tower fire - building staff, families, friends, their loved ones and the neighborhood.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears. (Psalm 18:6 NASB)
1. “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth … I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16–18). You never need to feel abandoned because Jesus promises to be right there with you; He will even be, through His Holy Spirit, in you.
2. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
3. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me” (Psalm 27:10). Even when those closest to your heart turn away, the God of love will remain with you, safeguard you, and tenderly look after your needs.
4. “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). As long as you desire His presence, there will never come a time when God will leave you to fend for yourself.
5. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). Sometimes it’s a broken heart that leaves you feeling lonely, but the Lord promises to heal the wounds and hold you close to Him.
6. “ ‘For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:10). God is so faithful that you can depend on His care and attention even if the mountains crumble around you!
7. “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears” (Psalm 18:6). You never have to feel that no one hears you, because your heavenly Father always hears and understands.
8. “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you’ ” (Isaiah 41:13). Loneliness will vanish when you realize the Almighty God is holding your hand!
9. “Be strong and of good courage … for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). The Creator of the universe is on your team, and He will never leave you!
Be encouraged in the loving presence of your Savior, knowing He will always stand beside you.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry. He is always available to hear our prayer, even our faintest whisper. In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears. He parted the heavens and came down. The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot His arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. -Psalm 18:6-19
1-2 Please, God, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed. Treat me nice for a change; I’m so starved for affection.
2-3 Can’t you see I’m black-and-blue, beat up badly in bones and soul? God, how long will it take for you to let up?
4-5 Break in, God, and break up this fight; if you love me at all, get me out of here. I’m no good to you dead, am I? I can’t sing in your choir if I’m buried in some tomb!
6-7 I’m tired of all this—so tired. My bed has been floating forty days and nights On the flood of my tears. My mattress is soaked, soggy with tears. The sockets of my eyes are black holes; nearly blind, I squint and grope.
8-9 Get out of here, you Devil’s crew: at last God has heard my sobs. My requests have all been granted, my prayers are answered.
10 Cowards, my enemies disappear. Disgraced, they turn tail and run.
-This Psalm just reminds me that we can bring anything to God. He welcomes us even when we are angry at him. He hears our cries and answers prayers even when we are angry at him!
“O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. 2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. 3 My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord— how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. 5 For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. 7 My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.”
What is the scariest place you know? What makes it spooky? Could you ever go there on your own? What about with Dad or Mom-could you go there if we were with you?
Read Psalm 6
For the director of music. For sheminith. A psalm of David to be played on stringed instruments.
1 Lord, don’t correct me when you are angry. Don’t punish me when you are burning with anger. 2 Lord, have mercy on me. I’m so weak. Lord, heal me. My body is full of pain. 3 My soul is very troubled. Lord, how long will it be until you save me?
4 Lord, turn to me and help me. Save me. Your love never fails. 5 People can’t remember you when they are dead. How can they praise you when they are in the grave?
6 My groaning has worn me out. All night long my tears flood my bed. My bed is wet because of my crying. 7 I’m so sad I can’t see very well. My eyesight gets worse because of all of my enemies.
8 Get away from me, all of you who do evil. The Lord has heard my sobbing. 9 The Lord has heard my cry for his favor. The Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All of my enemies will be troubled and put to shame. They will turn back in dishonor. It will happen suddenly
The Holy Bible: Today’s New International Version. 2005 (Ps 6). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
1) Read verses 1-3-It seems like David may have made a mistake at the start of this Psalm. Why doesn’t he what God to deal with his mistake when God is angry?
2) What else does he ask God for?
It seems like David is in a lot of trouble in this Psalm and is going to God to receive rescue and care.
3) Read verses 6-7- how bad is this trouble? What is it causing David to do? If you were David and this upset, what would you want God to do?
4) Look at verse 4-(have someone read it-)What is David focusing on in His trouble?
5) Why is God’s love a good thing to think about when you are in trouble?
One reason it is a good thing is that God’s love stays the same. It never goes away and never changes. We also can’t lose it from making mistakes. Troubles and hard times in our lives feel so chaotic because they are like shifting sand. God’s love never shifts, it is constant-solid. Tell your family about a time of trouble where God’s love and care got you through.
6) Read verses 8-10- how does this Psalm end? What is David sure of?
7) Think about places of “trouble” in your life. Hare situations at school or at home, sick family or having a hard time being the kid you want to be. What is a place of trouble for you? Where do you need God to come to your rescue?
8) GOD LOVES YOU with a never breaking, always forever love. How does thinking about God’s love help you feel better about your trouble? Remember that this loving God is always with you! Always taking care of you! How does that help you in times that are hard or scary?
9) When you are in a scary or sad place is it hard for you to ask God to help? Is it hard for you to believe He is there?
God is always with us and is always taking care of us! When we think of Him and focus on His love it enables us to see Him working to take care of us. Let’s pray for each other’s troubles this week! As family write down each of your “troubles” on index cards. Each night a dinner or bedtime allow each member to draw out a card and pray for anothers fear or hard area.
This psalm grew out of an experience of sickness and pain, when David thought he was going to die. Besides his pain, he had to put up with the attacks of his enemies who wanted him to die. It is part of those psalms (Psalms 3–7) that were composed during the Absalom Rebellion. It was a time of deep personal anguish for David. How tragic for him and also for parents today who suffer distress over an estranged child. In spite of all this, he did not waver in his faith. How can parents in such pain survive?
Psalm shows us how. Psalm 6:1-10:
David asked for mercy for his body (vv. 1–2) and he then asked for mercy for his soul (vv. 3–5). Mercy means that God does not give us what we deserve, and grace means that He gives us what we do not deserve. What a loving God He is! That rich word hesed (God’s covenant love or mercy) again appears (Ps. 6:4). It is the Lord’s hesed that saves and sustains us. “It is of the Lord’s mercies (hesed) that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” (Lam. 3:22 KJV).
David asked God about his tears of repentance and confession (vv. 6–7). His bed should have been a place of rest, but it had become a place of trial as God chastened him. Sickness can lead to greater sanctification but it can also lead to greater sin! Tears of pain can become tears of repentance. “Put my tears into your bottle. Are they not in your book?” (Ps. 56:8).
David was assured and his enemies would be ashamed (vv. 8–10)! God heard and answered his prayers! When the night is dark and long, keep on trusting, and the dawn will come in God’s good time. “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Ps. 30:5). Here we see David again clinging to the promises of the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7:14–15). What a lesson for us to cling to the promises even when they don’t appear to be active in our everyday experiences!
The age-old query, “How long” (v. 3) is a perennial question with which Moses (Ps. 90:13) and Asaph (Ps. 74:10) also struggled. As we shall see later in the “Lament Psalms,” it is better to ask the Lord that question than complain about it to others.
The Penitential Psalms
Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51,102, 130, and 143 are known as the “Penitential Psalms.” You may use these psalms as your own prayers when you want to confess sin and ask for God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9). More about these when we get to Psalms 32 and 38.
My Faithful Lord, have pity on those of us who are sorely troubled and wasted with grief. Hear the voice of our weeping, and drive away all that troubles us, so that we may bear witness to Your salvation as we live in Your light. AMEN.