First Impressions of Psalm 6

Psalm 6

Theme

The theme of the Psalm is sorrow and suffering – for some reason.  Verse one seems to point that David is confessing it is his own sin that has caused whatever predicament he seems to be in.  This would bring us into a close parallel with Psalm 32:3-4.

It seems like the climax of the Psalm is once again in the middle of the poem.  Verse five says, for in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?”

Context

Once again, we are not given the benefit of context.  There is no clue in the heading as to what exactly David is dealing with in his life.  This Psalm is also not directly cited anywhere else in Scripture.

Final Thoughts

This is going to be a law-heavy study, but there are some golden nuggets of gospel included throughout.  Verses four and nine stand out as shining lights.

On first look, verses eight through ten are almost jarring as compared to the rest of the Psalm.  In the first seven verses, David is talking exclusively about himself and his personal relationship with God.  He speaks of the fear he has for punishment of sin in verses one through three.  He pleads to God in verses four and five.  And he speaks of the physical consequences of the guilt he is experiencing in verses six and seven.

Suddenly, in verse eight, David is rebuking his enemies and sending them away.  Where did that come from?  Verse nine certainly fits into the flow of the Psalm, but verses eight and ten seem to come out of left field.  I am definitely looking forward to studying this last section (or strophe, if you want to get technical on me).

I’m also looking forward to dealing with a lot of confession/repentance language in this Psalm.  Especially since David, as far as I can tell, does not go about confessing a specific sin, and states in verse nine, “The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.”  The prayer the Lord has heard seems to be David’s prayer from verse four.

All this is adding up to what looks like a very interesting study of Psalm 6.  I can’t wait!

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