O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
Or discipline me in your wrath.
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint;
O lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in anguish.
How long, O Lord, how long?
Turn, O Lord, and deliver me;
Save me because of your unfailing love.
Psalm 6: 1-4 (NIV)
David pens this plea. He asks God not to deal with him in anger. The shepherd king begs for mercy; he says he could not withstand it. He asks God to heal him because he hurts so much that his bones are sore.
I love the last part of this passage. He asks the Lord to deliver him from this pain and guilt not because he is such a loyal follower and obedient person but because of Gods unfailing love.
God’s love is unfailing. He loves us even when we are unlovely. He knows everything we did before we heard about Him and chooses to save us in spite of those things.
A dear friend shared something with me yesterday. Her eldest, son who has been through a life-changing trauma, and she went to a pizza place they like on Sunday. They happened to see two couples they knew from several years ago. These couples were influential in this son’s life. What makes this such a special thing for me is the way my friend talked about it. She said, “The Lord did a sweet thing for us.”
Yes, even those ‘chance meetings’ are engineered by God. He does even these out of His unfailing love.