Cry unto the Lord like a child in sickness

Psalm 86:1-3
1 Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

There are some things that shatter my spirit and cause me to cry and one of them is to see my daughter when she is sick and helpless. At such times when she speaks to me it breaks my heart to see her in that state. I am so use to hear cheerful words from her but when I hear a helpless, broken voice from her it breaks me.

When my daughter is unwell she does not need to tell me where it hurts her or what is happening to her to move me, the times it pains me most is when she tries to be normal even though it pains her or the sickness is causing her uneasiness, I can feel her pain even if she does not say a word.

I am a human father, who has failed many a times to be a perfect father, but our Father in Heaven is a perfect Father, He has never failed to be perfect. Imagine what must be going in His Heart when He sees us sick and helpless and especially when we cry out to Him. Cry out to Him does mean only complaining about our problem but we need to cry out to Him like how David does in his psalm given to us.

This psalm of David may not have been sung like a song yet it is a very strong psalm because it brings out our feelings from the core. I am very sure David said / wrote this psalm when he was totally down and helpless in his spirit, he may have or may not have been physical ill or in a new grave earthly problem concerning his kingdom. He may have just been moved in the spirit and realized the state of his wretched soul. Verse 16 shows he may have said this psalm when his child, out of sin with Uriah's wife was sick. The Lord did not save the child but did save David.

We do not need to cry to the Lord only when we are physically sick. Physical sickness is a manifestation of the sickness in our spirit. This sickness may be because of our sins or can be for other reasons, but when we understand the constitution of man and the image of God in man, one thing is confirmed that all deficiency is due to the corruption of the soul which started due to sin entering man.

Understand sin is a sickness of the spirit which effects our soul and when we feel the heaviness of our sin even if there is no physical manifestation of it, it is time we cry out to our Father. This psalm gives us a very good idea of how to pray to the Lord when we are broken inside and want to draw the attention of our God and healer, when we want the Lord to come near and the distance between us to depart.

[ Prayer Starter ]
Father, You know our every thought even before it takes form in our minds and You know us more than we know ourselves. Yet Father You wait for us to cry to You, for to You to come and strengthen us and heal us from the inside. You desire a free will sacrifice and not a sacrifice made out of desperation done when we have no other option. Lord, we cry to You not because of our earthly problems are unbearable but cry out You for been distant from You is unbearable. Lord, our lives are living dead when You are far from our lives, when our sins keep You away. Only You Father have the power to heal our spirit, remove the darkness, strengthen inner-man and thus bring us closer to You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[ Reference ]
Psalm 86
1 Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid [servant].
17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

2 Samuel 12:15-20
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

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