Psalm 31: "mosaic of misery and mercy"
Who do you call upon in your hour of greatest need?
Do you call upon the One who can save?
Verses 9-13 could lead us to believe that David was sick. And, in fact, there are some who believe David caught leprosy at some point in his life. Whether or not he actually had the disease, he felt like a leper.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed. I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me. I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel. For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. (v9-13 KJV)
"I am like a broken vessel."
There is anguish in those words. A broken bowl is thrown out, it's useless. Back then, a broken piece of pottery could mean a wasted trip to the well. Nowadays a broken mug could mean a cut lip. Either way, David felt useless, a throw away.
Wow. Would you ever think a man like David who had accomplished so much would have feelings like that?
Do you ever feel like a throw away, like broken pottery?
But, my friends, our God is good. As David spoke or wrote these words to the Lord, God answered him. God strengthened him; God refocused him.
"I am a broken vessel" became:
But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." (v14 ESV)
I feel like we, like David, can cry out in our pain and worry and mourning. God wants to hear it; He already knows how we feel, but there is something about speaking it. Then, when we've said it, we claim God's strength, His faithfulness, His promises.
"I am broken, but I trust in You, my times are in Your hands."
It's just beautiful, this prayer, how it moves from pain to trust to joy.