Have you ever been in a period in your life when everything seems to go against you? No matter where you turn, things are not working in your favor. It is the ultimate “Murphy’s Law”, which says: “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.”
When David wrote this Psalm he was going through one of these periods. He was having physical problems, psychological problems and stress problems. He was depressed. He was facing spiritual problems. On top of that his enemies were taking advantage of the situation to oppress him.
With all those circumstances surrounding him he had the feeling that God was punishing him for something that he did wrong. Some commentators believe that he wrote this psalm right after the death of his son with Bathsheba; a child that came to life as a result of an adultery and murder. So it is easy to understand David’s feeling and impression that God was distant.
Here are some of the expressions that David used to describe his struggle: “I am faint; my bones are in agony; my soul anguish; I am worn out from groaning;” David was literally crying during that time. This is what he says: “… all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. Psalm 6:6.”
Sometimes we find ourselves in this kind of turmoil or whirlwind, when everything is going wrong. Maybe it is not like David’s experience, but nevertheless it is hard. This psalm can help us to learn from David’s experience what to do. Let us see how David dealt with this situation.
The first thing that he recognizes is that God is just and righteous. He punishes anyone who does wrong. David knows that he is not dealing with an unjust person. He is crying to a righteous God. He knows that God cannot do any wrong, and everything that He does is right, even when He disciplines us for our faults. He knows that he deserves to be punished but he asks God not to punish him in His anger or wrath: “O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Psalm 6:1.”
He also appeals to God’s mercy and kindness. David put his life and situation in the hands of a merciful God. He repeatedly uses the word mercy. In verse 4 he says this: “Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Psalm 6:4.” He knows that God is a merciful, kind, and loving God, who is willing to forgive, to restore, and to rescue.
Finally he expresses his assurance that God can hear him and will answer him. God will restore him and deal with his enemies. This is what he says: “The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. Psalm 6:9.”
My brothers and sisters, when you face trials coming from all directions, remember that God is a righteous and just God, but He is also a merciful and loving One who hears the prayers of His loved ones. So cry to Him and He will come to your rescue.
Have a blessed week,