Sickness

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O LORD, why now? Why bring this now?
Must I endure this agony?
Rebuke me not in Your anger,
Recall Your grace and love for me.

How long, O LORD? Will You be stirred?
How long until Your healing comes?
Restore me from the depths of grief,
Remove my tears and their vast sum.

Return, please hear! Turn off these tears!
Listen to the sound of my cries,
Release me from the grip of sin,
Return, and then I will arise.

Revived, rejoiced! You’ve heard my voice!
You have responded to my pleas!
My prayers were answered through Your will,
And You have not forsaken me.

Behind the lines

Psalm 6 (ESV)
O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.

My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD—how long? Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?

I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping. The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.

All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Dark Distress

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Though clouds once hid the moon and stars,
And close friends followed other gods,
When sadness nearly crushed my heart,
You have answered and been my guide.

Now I come blinded by distress,
Stumbling and searching for Your hand,
Though I can’t see, I’m still convinced,
You’ll lead me through the dark again.

Revive my soul, restore the peace,
Extend Your hand with scars of joy,
And when it’s time for me to sleep,
May all the darkness be destroyed?

For You make me dwell in safety,
Your grace protects my doubting heart,
The forces that want to claim me,
Can never break Your sovereign arm.

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Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah

But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
the LORD hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD. There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4 ESV)

 

The Battle

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Arise, O LORD, the battle calls,
The enemy surrounds my soul,
They’re firing bullets filled with lies,
And each round says there is no hope.

Arise, my Defender, arise,
Hear my cries and encourage me,
For the battle is Yours to win,
Stand and the enemy will flee.

Arise, Wounded Savior, arise,
You have stood to fight for Your own,
And I will rest in the grace supplied,
As You sustain me from Your throne.

Arise, all God’s people, arise,
The enemy will be no more,
The final battle call will sound,
And death will die and lose the war.

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Save Me, O My God

A PSALM OF DAVID, WHEN HE FLED FROM ABSALOM HIS SON.

O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah

But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O LORD!

Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah (Psalm 3 ESV)

 

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