16 Turn [panah] thee unto me, and
have mercy [chanan] upon me; for I am desolate [yachiyd] and afflicted. [`aniy] KJV-Interlinear
16 Turn to
me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted. NASB
Turn to me, is a request that God turns His attention exclusively to me.
Often times when problems become too great, then turning to God is a natural reaction and of course you want God to focus His attention exclusively on you, at least for that moment, so that He can see your trouble and then do something about it.
This is of course from your point of view, and it is a natural and normal desire to have Gods attention on yourself.
Mercy is grace in action. Grace is Gods policy of divine favor for the believer. Mercy is the action of providing some activity which fulfills that favor. It is one thing to have Gods favor, but it is quite another and better thing to have something actually done for you.
Desolate means only, solitary, alone, and here it indicates the human condition which is really the status of each individual in this world. Despite how many people are around you, despite how many friends you have or how many people you interact with, your soul is the real you and your soul is separate and apart from everyone else.
It is within your own soul that you have to live your life. You were born into this world by yourself, from your souls perspective, even though you have no personal memories of your own, of that event. And one day you will die and leave this world and that will be your last personal and private and alone event in which no one can accompany you.
Throughout life you have many individual events in which you have to make decisions. Certainly you can get advice and seek the counsel of others, but in the end you have to make your own decisions, and then live with them. And regardless of whether you have someone to complain to or blame, that is irrelevant because regardless of who or what your circumstances might be, you still have to face life from the perspective of your own individual soul, and that makes you alone in this world.
God is of course your best partner option for eliminating the aloneness of your life.
Afflicted is the sum total of whatever problems or burdens you have in life. From birth to death you will face numerous obstacles at every stage in your life. And you can face them alone by simply leaving God out of the equation, or you can face your challenges and such, with Gods help.
Ignore or be indifferent toward God and your true state in life is one of aloneness. There is no one and nothing in this world that can enter into your soul and eliminate your aloneness status.
A daily study and the resultant doctrine within your soul brings Gods presence into your soul and thus makes you not alone in this life.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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