We began studying the book of Psalms a few days ago, and today, we are going to study Psalms 6. Keep in mind that the Book of Psalms is composed of collected songs that several writers wrote. Many of them are written by King David to express his sufferings and faith in God. In Psalms 6, King David expressed his suffering when God disciplined him because of his rebellious sin. He prayed, "O Lord, don't rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage. Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? (Psalms 6:1-3)" God disciplined King David to restore him to the right path. However, King David expressed his sorrow and pain during the time when God was disciplining him, "I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. (Psalms 6:6-7).
God disciplines us when we rebel against him to bring us back to our right relationship with Him. When we choose to sin against him, we go in the direction that can lead us to destruction. God loves us so much that He is saving us from going to destruction, so he disciplines us to get our attention and return to Him. In Psalms 6, God was using King David's enemies to inflict suffering on him, and he knew that God was allowing it to discipline him. King David pleaded for deliverance and believed that God would answer his prayer. Hebrews 12:11 says, "No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way."
God disciplines us when we choose to rebel against Him because He loves us as His children. He wants to restore us to the rightful relationship with Him. Let us not rebel against our Heavenly Father but obey and follow Him, for it brings life, joy, and peace to us.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through these questions carefully and meditate on them while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speaks to you). Why does God discipline me when I rebel against Him? What is the importance of discipline? What do I do when God is disciplining me?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for loving me as your child. Thank you that you are always there to restore me when I rebel against you. Please forgive me for all the sins that I have done and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Thank you for disciplining me to bringing me back to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.