Vs. 107 — I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.
Charles H. Spurgeon:
According to the last verse he had been sworn in as a soldier of the Lord, and in this next verse he is called to suffer hardness in that capacity. Our service of the Lord does not screen us from trial, but rather secures it for us. The Psalmist was a consecrated man, and yet a chastened man; nor were his chastisements light; for it seemed as if the more he was obedient the more he was afflicted. He evidently felt the rod to be cutting deep, and this he pleads before the Lord. He speaks not by way of murmuring, but by way of pleading; from the very much affliction he argues for very much quickening.
The Lord has promised, prepared, and provided this blessing of renewed life for all his waiting servants: it is a covenant blessing, and it is as obtainable as it is needful. Frequently the affliction is made the means of the quickening, even as the stirring of a fire promotes the heat of the flame. In their affliction some desire death, let us pray for life. (Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 343). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
Father, Abba Father, I call for revival. I ask for a renewing. As You have promised, so grant me such grace. My soul is heavy and sore. My afflictions weigh upon me. You and You alone are my deliverer. I am not asking for a superficial, temporal relief from this, but a strengthening to my soul that will lift my eyes towards Thee as I endure this trial and pain. When the dawn breaks I know that there will be joy and gladness, as it is written. In this affliction teach me to trust You. My Father, I am in Your care. Amen.