David’s illness is physical, caused by a heavy soul. He is faint because he is in anguish. He groans and weeps all night long because of his foes. Sorrow endlessly flows like the tears from his eyes, down his cheeks, and into his drenched pillows. A weighed-down heart and turbulent mind can be the source of physical illness.
For David, the remedy is found in the LORD. He prayed and his prayer was heard. Though it took teary nights and weeping days his enemies fleed. Their jars, jabs, insults, and lies were wisped into nonexistence like smoke from a snuffed-out candle. “Away from me, all you who do evil,” David joyfully extolled, “for the LORD has heard my weeping.” Relief and exaltation replaced oppression and depression. It is good to record and celebrate when the LORD answers prayer. Not praising God for accepted prayers is a sin I commit too often.
On the day of reckoning all my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace. At my restoration, all my enemies will be discredited and dishonored. Praise be to the LORD.