Scripture: Psalm 6
Key verses: (2-9)
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
O LORD, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
3 My soul also is struck with terror,
while you, O LORD — how long?
4 Turn, O LORD, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who can give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eyes waste away because of grief;
they grow weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my supplication;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
Reflection: I like to think of myself as a ‘half-full’ kind of person. Seeing the good in people; looking on the bright side. I prefer not to sit in sadness and grief, though I recognize sometimes it’s necessary.
This Psalm gives us permission, and even encourages us to sit in grief and take our woes to God. In fact, of the 150 Psalms, 48 are lament Psalms. Almost one-third of the Psalms give us reason to express our frustration about the world and possibly God. The Psalter reminds us that suffering is real and a large part of life. God doesn’t need to hear our fake niceness; God wants us to be honest and bring our anger and woes and sadness to our Creator.
In this passage, the Psalter is asking for healing. He addresses God, and then complains, “O Lord – how long?” There is a request for his life to be saved, further acknowledgement of the grief, and finally trust in God of hearing the prayer.
This is one of many Psalms we can pray when we are lamenting sickness, or anything else. It’s a reminder that we can take anything to God, even when it’s anger at our Creator.
Prayer: O God, give us the strength to trust you and share all of our anger, sadness, lament, loss, and grief with you. Remind us to bring our honest feelings to you, knowing that you will hear us and accept all of our prayers. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].