Psalm 6 – A lament from David
Psalm 6 is more of a lament than a psalm written by David as he is being hounded by enemies. He is desperately anxious and frightened.
The Psalm is split into three sections; firstly, David appeals to God about his physical and mental weaknesses and asks for help. Then he addresses himself with his thoughts about how he is feeling. Finally, he speaks to his enemies and proclaims that the Lord is his defence.
Lamenting is not often spoken of in the culture of today. However, I believe that it can be a healthy release to open our hearts to God and let him know our troubles. David started this lament in a sorry state of mind, but by the end verses, he was bolder, as though the very act of releasing his thoughts to God had strengthened him.
There is a book in the Old Testament called Lamentations, and in it is written that the steadfast love of God never ceases, his mercies never end, and that they are new every morning, urging the distressed to place their hope and trust in God afresh each day ~ Lamentations 3:22-24
Psalm 6 is powerful and often used in times of serious illness to call on God’s intervention. Perhaps you have come across this blog because you are in challenging times?
Opening your heart in lament to God can be such a release; I have also found this prayer helps as well ~ The Surrender Prayer
May God answer all our prayers and lamentations today, Amen
1 O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
3 My soul also is struck with terror,
while you, O Lord—how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who can give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eyes waste away because of grief;
they grow weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my supplication;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.