Praying Psalm 6

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This Psalm contains a deprecation (disapproval) of eternal vengeance, Psalm 6:1; a petition to God for mercy, Psalm 6:2. This is enforced from a consideration of the psalmist’s sufferings, Psalm 6:3; from that of the Divine mercy, Psalm 6:4; from that of the praise and glory which God would fail to receive if man were destroyed, Psalm 6:5; from that of his humiliation and contrition, Psalm 6:6Psalm 6:7. Being successful in his supplication, he exults in God, Psalm 6:8Psalm 6:9; and predicts the downfall of all his enemies, Psalm 6:10.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Psalm 6

O Lord, Deliver My Life

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

6O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
    nor discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
    heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled.
    But you, O Lord—how long?

Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
    save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
    in Sheol who will give you praise?

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;
    it grows weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
    for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
    they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.


Today’s Psalm may not reflect your current state of mind but someone you know or someone you meet today needs you to stand with them in prayer.

Here are a few additional resources for further reflection and application of this scripture:

  1. Short discussion (~20 minutes) on Psalm 6 by David Smith titled “Identifying with those who suffer”
  2. Practical advise on How to battle the blues
  3. Commentary by Charles Spurgeon in this 20 minute audio
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