Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
nor punish me in your anger.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones tremble.
My soul is also very troubled;
and you, Lord, how long?
Return, O Lord, save my soul;
save me by your mercy,
because in death there is no memory of you.
Who will praise you in Sheol?
I am tired of my moaning;
every night I flood
my bed with tears , I water my bed with my tears.
My eyes are consumed by grief;
they have grown old because of all my adversaries.
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity,
for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
The lord has heard my supplication;
Jehovah will accept my prayer.
All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed;
they will turn and suddenly be put to shame.
Psalm 6 Meaning
The meaning of Psalm 6 is very interesting, in this psalm we can see how David humbles himself in very difficult times. By doing this exercise in humility, David tries to acknowledge his distress.
Psalm 6 Commentary
Sin is no small matter for a child of God. It does not matter what type of sin, because all sin, from the most insignificant to the most serious, violates the holiness of God. How sad it is that many of God’s children treat sin lightly in their lives. It will be helpful to examine how King David felt after he sinned. To do this, open your Bible to Psalm 6.
The first thing you will notice is the title of the psalm.
It goes like this: To the main musician; in Neginot, on Seminit. Psalm of David.
From here we can know that this psalm had to be sung with string accompaniment, because Neginot means that, but a new element has been added. The instructions to the main musician include the fact that it must be sung over Seminit. This word, Seminit means, eighth. It could well be a reference to an eight-string instrument or simply that music should be included in an octave lower.
We can also know that the author of the Psalm is David. This psalm is the first of the seven penitential psalms in the book of Psalms. In this Psalm, David pours out his heart before God as he acknowledges the seriousness of his own sin. That said, we can divide Psalm 6 into three parts. The request made in verses 1 through 3, the repeated request, in verses 4 through 7, and the request answered in verses 8 through 10.
The request made.
Psalm 6: 1-3 says, “Jehovah, do not rebuke me in your anger, nor punish me in your anger. Have mercy on me, O Jehovah, for I am sick; Heal me, O Jehovah, for my bones are shaking. My soul She is also very troubled, and you, Jehovah, how long?”
We note that David speaks of rebuke and punishment. So we know that there must be some sin that David had committed. What sin was it? it is not known with certainty and it really is not necessary to know it. Why delve into the sinful life of others. Let’s leave the dirty work to Satan. To tell the truth, it is better that the Bible does not reveal to us what sin David was being reprimanded and punished for, because that way we can know that every sin, whatever it may be and no matter how insignificant it may be, always has its consequence.
Galatians 6: 7 says, “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
This is a law of cause and effect. To a cause that is sin, whatever it may be, there is always an effect, the consequence of sin. You cannot play with God. It may be that you have sinned a lot and so far nothing has happened. But that doesn’t mean that nothing will ever happen. At some point the consequence of sin will come.
A young man boasted that he could sleep with any woman who is willing to do so and that nothing has ever happened to him, apart from the deep pleasure that according to him he obtained in each of their rough encounters. Time passed and today it is a carrier of the human immunodeficiency virus, and at some point it will add to the statistics of those killed by AIDS. You cannot play with God.
Sin is something very serious in the unbeliever and worse in the believer.
Aware of the seriousness of having committed sin, David cries out to God not so that God does not rebuke him or punish him. Rebuke and punishment is beneficial to the sinner. What David asks of God is that this reprimand and that punishment be with benevolence. He is actually asking for mercy. Remember that mercy is not giving what one deserves. David deserved all of God’s punishment, but he’s praying that God won’t give him what he really deserves. What happens is that David had already felt the hand of God in rebuke over his life.
His whole being was suffering the consequence of sin. His body had become ill to the point that he is crying out to God for healing. The disease was so severe that he could not stand because his bones were shaking. His soul was also in anguish. Says she was troubled. That means, without peace, without tranquility, tormented. His spirit couldn’t be right either. He was on the verge of losing all hope.
That is why he cries out to God: And you, Jehovah, how long? We see that body, soul and spirit were suffering the consequence of sin.
That is why David asks God for mercy. That means, without peace, without tranquility, tormented. His spirit couldn’t be right either. He was on the verge of losing all hope. That is why he cries out to God: And you, Jehovah, how long? We see that body, soul and spirit were suffering the consequence of sin. That is why David asks God for mercy. That means, without peace, without tranquility, tormented.
His spirit couldn’t be right either. He was on the verge of losing all hope. That is why he cries out to God: And you, Jehovah, how long? We see that body, soul and spirit were suffering the consequence of sin. That is why David asks God for mercy.
The order placed. While it is true that not all disease is the cause of sin, it is also true that sin can be reprimanded or punished by God with disease. The Bible gives us ample evidence of this. If you are sick, examine your life. It could be that your illness is the consequence of some sin of yours that only you and God know. If so, proceed to confess and turn away from your sin and it is very likely that God will rebuke the disease with which you are being reprimanded or punished.
The repeated request.
Psalm 6: 4-7 says: “Return, O Jehovah, save my soul; save me by your mercy. For in death there is no memory of you; in Sheol, who will praise you? I have been consumed by moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears, I water my bed with my tears. My eyes are worn with suffering; they have grown old because of all my anguish.”
Well, David asked God for mercy. Now he is asking for deliverance from punishment for his sin. He was right because he had already received enough. David saw God as if he were turning his back on him because of sin and he says: Lord, turn around, look at me as I am, free my soul.
It is the cry of someone who recognizes the seriousness of the consequence of his sin. Not that David deserved to be spared from further punishment, but that he begged God for mercy. Save me by your mercy. None of us deserve to be forgiven of the penalty for sin. If God forgives us, it is only because of his mercy. David felt so bad, physically, emotionally and spiritually, that he really thought he was going to die very soon.
But he did not want to die and says to God. Lord, do not allow me to die, because if I die I will not be able to remember you because in Sheol or in the place where all the dead are, I will not be able to praise you as I could here among the living, if you gave me more time to live.
By praying to God like this, David is not saying that the soul of man goes into a deep sleep after man physically dies.
The Bible clearly shows us that the soul and spirit of believers goes to heaven as soon as man physically dies. What David is saying is simply: If I die, I will not be able to continue praising you along with the other living beings on earth. David’s request for release was also based in some way on the fact that he had already suffered enough. She had been consumed by moaning, every night she cried so much that she soaked her bed with her tears, her eyes no longer had tears from having cried so much. God has the last word. Let’s see what God did.
The request answered.
Psalm 6: 8-10 says, “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord has received my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly troubled. ; they will turn and be put to shame suddenly.”
David’s prayer had its effect. Jehovah heard her cry, Jehovah answered her plea. Jehovah freed David from continuing to punish him for sin. Therefore, the wicked who thought there was no hope for David must go far away, they must feel ashamed and embarrassed. God rewarded with deliverance from suffering for sin someone who in repentance approached him for mercy.
If God acted this way with David, he can also act the same way with you. If you are experiencing the tragic consequence of some sin in your life, do not be discouraged, do not think that there is no hope for you. God is willing to also free you from your afflictions, but for this, it is necessary that you present yourself before God in humiliation as David did.