David was seriously ill in body, deeply distressed in mind and spiritually sapped.. by the mounting pressures and numerous enemies that surrounded him on every side, which caused him to pen his distressing lament: “have mercy on me O Lord and heal my bones.. my soul is greatly troubled.” But David had not yet come to a full understanding that God is an ever present help in time of trouble, that the mercies God are new every morning, and that He is faithful to hear and respond to the cries of all His children – but He does it in His own time and in His own way.
“The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD will answer my prayer.” Psalm 6:9
David felt that heaven was deaf to his cries.. so that in the morning and at night, his pillow was drenched with his tears of self-pity.. Nevertheless the threats from his enemies were intense, real and menacing, and he bemoaned the serious effect that their influence was having on his health and well-being.
While-ever David had his eye on the enemy and the gravity of his situation he discovered that his strength was sapped; his sleep was disturbed; his fear mounted; self-pity increased and the peace of God, which passes understanding had fled far from him. But as soon as he refocused his heart on the Lord and remembered the many precious promises of God, which are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Christ, he was able to prayer effectively – with thanksgiving and praise and confidence. David came to an understanding that God was right with him in the midst of all his trials and tribulations.. and that God had heard and received his prayer. And so David rejoiced with thanksgiving and praise.. and prayed: The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
When like David we are encompassed by our enemies.. ill in body; distressed in mind and spiritually sapped, we should remember that the many precious promises of God, to all His children.. are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Christ. And let us never forget that IN HIM we have access to the heavenly throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need. But we need to approach Him reverently, prayerfully and confident that He hears and answers prayer – but our prayers and supplications should be done with a heart of praise and thanksgiving – a heart that not only trust Him to keep His WORD, but a heart ready to say, your will not mine be done.