Psalm 41 – When You’re Sick And Tired

This is an interesting Psalm.

Are you comfortable in the light of Jesus advising us to love our enemies and bless those who persecute us, reading a Psalm where the writer is a victim waiting to get well so he can see the comeuppance of those who mocked him while he was sick?

While considering that, however, I love this Psalm because it is one for those who are struggling with health issues. Evidently this guy knows what it is to go through that and with others not exactly being supportive. Yet check this God out. Here is looking out for those who are weak. Not in a pitying, pitiful and patronising manner, but in a compassionate, enabling and fully supportive manner. When no one appears to be there to support in the midst of debilitating health issues, it is more than reassuring to know there is someone on your side.

More than that, however, that should also be hugely informative of how we deal with affairs for those who don’t have the same advantages we may have for one reason or another. Rather than mocking or otherwise behaving in a punitive way, there has got to be a way to show compassion, a way to support others however we can,even if that’s taking the time to understand and listen, making ourselves vulnerable so that they may have a better quality of life.

It’s great to know there is care, it’s great to know there is healing, it’s great to know there is a God who cares.

For His Name’s Sake


C. L. J. Dryden