Thursday, 2 February 2017

Psalm 6

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
   or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
   heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish.
   How long, Lord, how long?
4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
   save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
   Who praises you from his grave?
6 I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
   and drench my couch with tears.
7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
   they fail because of all my foes.
8 Away from me, all you who do evil,
   for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
   the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
   they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Lord when we find ourselves weeping it's helpful to know that David and Jesus have been there before (v6) and to know that you hear us (v8) and will bring ultimate comfort. Amen.

2 comments:

Nathan Brown said...

Verses 1-7 paint such a bleak picture of the Psalmist - worn out, broken, so weak that everyone is happy to oppose him and put the Psalmist down. But 8-10 show how foolish that is as the LORD reigns. I'm sharply reminded of the foolishness of those mocking Jesus at his crucifixion, and challenged to keep standing up for Jesus, despite the cost.

Bob_and_tuna_sandwich said...

Reminded of someone suffering depressive episodes. Such a good reminder in vv-8-9 that the Lord listens, accepts and loves us through Jesus. Amen to the psalm and prayer:)