Today’s post is part of our Psalm Saturdays series from guest blogger Robert Chamberlain. You can contact him by sending a message to bobjc88 @ gmail.com.
Psalm 6:1–10 (ESV)
1 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD—how long?
4 Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will 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 eye wastes away because of grief; it grows 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 plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
If Psalm five is a morning prayer, then Psalm six returns to the night, with David flooding his bed with tears. He feels chastened by the Lord, and I’m sure from what we know of him he needed it. But he felt greatly troubled and was languishing, so pleaded with the Lord to give him some relief.
David knew that the God who gets angry at sin and rebukes sinners, is also the One who turns and delivers those who cry out to Him. He also knew that the Lord saves, not because of any good in us, but for the sake of His own unfailing love. God owes us nothing but condemnation. Anything other than that is a bonus!
David was weary in body and soul. He felt like he was at death’s door. Every night he was wasting away with grief. He was weakened by his enemies to the point that he felt paralysed with fear and sorrow.
Despite all of this, David had confidence that the Lord had heard his cry. He was sure that what he was feeling would come upon his enemies- shame and trouble. With God on his side, David was assured that his enemies would ultimately be thwarted and ashamed.
“Yahweh, may we have confidence in You to give us victory over our enemies. Please rise us up from the bed of weeping to serve You with glad hearts for all Your goodness to us, in Christ Your Son, amen.”
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