Psalm 6: A cry in the face of possible death
the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to
sheminith. A psalm of David.
Comment: This psalm is filled with anguish. Verses 2
& 5 suggest it is prayer in the face of life-threatening illness,
yet David is also aware of those who are against him [v.7b, 8a,10]
no doubt mocking his state. Verse 3 indicates the depth of his
anguish and verses 2, 7 & 8 reveal the physical expressions
or causes of his anguish. Verses 1,2 & 4 are his prayer pleas
and verses 9 & 10 convey a sense that he feels he has been
heard and God is answering.]
Prayer in the face of death
Pleas for mercy
do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
Anguish and a question
soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?
Request for deliverance
Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
Reasoning: If he's dead he can no longer praise God
the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?
The Exhaustion of Anguish
am worn out from my groaning
night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.
Rejecting the unrighteous because God has heard
from me, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
Double affirmation, God has heard!
Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
His enemies who deride him will be silenced by God's Answer
my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put
Thoughts: So we see that anguish can have a combination
of physical, mental and social (people) causes. For David, the
man after God's own heart [1 Sam 13:14 & Acts 13:22] the answer
is always prayer. The apostle Paul in the New Testament was to
say the same thing: “Do
not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
to Psa 7