Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.
Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
The saying is that the eyes are the windows to the soul. The photo above certainly shows the suffering in the heart and mind of this woman.
I watched my mom endure the grief of losing the man she married when she was only 16. It was devastating. They’d been married for just over 51 years. The grief changed her face. Even after she was through the worst of it, and could freely laugh again, the traces of her deep loss remained.
David’s deep grief was over the loss of relationship with God. I wonder how many of us today truly grieve over our sin, knowing that God cannot look on our sin and that it is up to us to truly repent and seek forgiveness.
David was having a hard time enduring God’s chastisement. Apparently, some of his enemies were involved in his time of chastisement. We don’t know who they were, but it seems they had some kind of right to be near enough to David to cause him grief.
The words depart from me are imperative. He knows his enemies will keep him burdened with grief, and that he needs to rid himself of such influences. He warns them that God has heard his weeping, and that his enemies need to watch out!
Have you ever heard the saying, “Be careful who your friends are”? David sometimes chose “friends” who turned against him, betrayed him, and caused him deep grief. Often, when one of our kids was heading out for a time with friends, we’d warn him, “Remember what your last name is.” Our kids understood that any trouble they might get into would reflect back on the whole family. We all need to be careful who our friends are.
Jesus is the best friend of all.