PPP: Psalm 6

Sorry for the lateness of this brethren, please find Psalm 6 and an associated reflection below:

For the leader; with stringed instruments, “upon the eighth."
A psalm of David.

I

Do not reprove me in your anger, LORD,
nor punish me in your wrath.
Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak;
heal me, LORD, for my bones are shuddering.
My soul too is shuddering greatly—
and you, LORD, how long…?
Turn back, LORD, rescue my soul;
save me because of your mercy.
For in death there is no remembrance of you.
Who praises you in Sheol?

II

I am wearied with sighing;
all night long I drench my bed with tears;
I soak my couch with weeping.
My eyes are dimmed with sorrow,
worn out because of all my foes.

III

Away from me, all who do evil!
The LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
The LORD has heard my plea;
the LORD will receive my prayer.
My foes will all be disgraced and will shudder greatly;
they will turn back in sudden disgrace.


Drenching one's bed with tears and soaking one's couch with weeping are particularly piercing images in this Psalm. How often have we cried out in our frustration and in our suffering? How often have we felt that the Lord does not hear our sighs? Yet despite God's apparent silence, the Psalmist's faith in God is steadfast. The Lord has received the Psalmist's prayer and today, brothers and sisters, as you pray with the Psalmist's words, be confident. Rest assured that the Lord is listening and that His Mercy will lift you up. It may not be according to your timetable, but when you throw yourself upon His Mercy, He will move mightily in your life.