Psalm 6

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1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,

nor discipline me in your wrath.

2Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;

heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.

3My soul also is greatly troubled.

But you, O Lord—how long?

4Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;

save me for the sake of your steadfast love.

5For in death there is no remembrance of you;

in Sheol who will give you praise?

6I am weary with my moaning;

every night I flood my bed with tears;

I drench my couch with my weeping.

7My 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.

9The Lord has heard my plea;

the Lord accepts my prayer.

10All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;

they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.


Observation: Out of this really desperate plea for mercy, for relief from the hard discipline of God, I notice at least two things: One – The recognition that God is sovereignly at work in him. It is YHWH who is doing the disciplining. David is in his hard, strong, but loving hands. (Prov. 3:11,12) He has not been abandoned, in fact it’s quite the opposite. God is very active and present – just in very uncomfortable ways. Two – There is a definite change of attitude between vs. 7 and 8. Why? It seems very unlikely that his enemies and God’s discipline has been instantly turned off like a faucet. It seems It’s know something has changed within David. 


Interpretation:  It feels more like a burst of faith, of understanding, of recognizing and remembering Who is dealing with him. That Who is timeless YHWH, perfectly loving Father, who IS – past (“The Lord has heard..”), present/now (“The Lord accepts…”), future (“my enemies shall be…”). He is enveloped by full faith in his always -oving Father, and it changes his heart and attitude and perspective. 


Application: I get this prayer, this psalm – do you? I am weary of my sin and of God’s discipline. I am impatient – “How long?” 

I imagine God turning the question back on me. “Steve, how long do I need to discipline you? How long before you get it?” 

Where specifically do I need to confess and obey? 

May I be strengthened today by Your have, am, will; by knowing and believing that I live in the reality of your timeless, loving presence. 

(Suggested reading for the week: Ps. 7, Ps. 94:8-15, Ps. 51, Ps. 139, Ps.130)


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