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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 6: A cry in the face of possible death


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


[Preliminary 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.]



v.1-5 Prayer in the face of death


v.1,2 Pleas for mercy


v.1  Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
v.2  Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
    heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.

v.3 Anguish and a question


v.3  My soul is in deep anguish.
    How long, Lord, how long?


v.4 Request for deliverance


v.4  Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.

v.5 Reasoning: If he's dead he can no longer praise God


v.5  Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from the grave?



v.6-10 Feelings Expressed


v.6,7 The Exhaustion of Anguish


v.6  I am worn out from my groaning

All night long I flood my bed with weeping
    and drench my couch with tears.
v.7  My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.


v.8 Rejecting the unrighteous because God has heard


v.8  Away from me, all you who do evil,
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.

v.9 Double affirmation, God has heard!


v.9  The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.

v.10 His enemies who deride him will be silenced by God's Answer


v.10  All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
    they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.



[Additional 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.   [Phil 4:6,7]



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