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Psalm 6 (ESV)


O 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.



  1. David described his feeling of weakness as he had no strength left to face life’s challenges. His bones were in agony, his soul in anguish, he was worn out from groaning. His bed was flooded with weeping and his couch drenched with tears. His eyes grew weak with sorrow.
  2. Praying along with David’s psalm helps us face our own challenges. He was realistic about his weaknesses and honest about his fears. Dishonesty—an attempt to maintain a “perfect” image—keeps us from acknowledging our weaknesses and keeps us from full dependence on the Lord.
  3. Read through this psalm for a couple more times. Pay attention to the words David used to describe his emotions and attitudes. Use this psalm as your plea to God for your own situations.



Stay with God for a little longer.  Continue to converse with God and listen to what He wants to tell you.  Then write down any thought and/or prayer in your spiritual journal.




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