Psalm 6: Drenched Couches

Sorry for the long delay between Psalm posts. I’ve been a little discouraged but now I’m back in the groove of writing again.

Psalm 6 is a cry for healing amid the weight of grief and anguish. David begins this Psalm with a universal plea: that we might avoid the wrath of God.

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.

Psalm 6:1

Rather, David calls out for God to be gracious and the balance of the biblical story tells us this is a request God wants to honor. It is His desire that all should be saved by grace as they come to knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

But David makes his case before God in the starkest of terms. “My bones are troubled,” (v2) and “my soul is also greatly troubled,” (v3). The thought of bearing God’s anger or wrath is too much for David to bear, distraught as he is over his current condition.

And the low point is found in verses 6-7:

I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief…

With graphic images, David describes his heartbroken state. This is a word for the grieving. From his tear-drenched bed, David groans. But this groan is directed heavenward, which is enough to make it a prayer.

And sometimes, that’s all we can offer when we are crippled by sorrow.

And I’m grateful to know that God says, “That’s enough.”

This is Good News.

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