Responding to Psalm 6

Psalm 6 (Here is the complete study on Psalm 6: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)

This will be shorter than normal, but that’s ok.

In my first impressions of Psalm 6, I wrote:

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).

Having studied the final three verses of the Psalm, I think I see how it fits.

In Psalm 6, David paints for us a total-life picture of faith.  His faith is part of everything he does and everything he is.  His life has multiple moving parts, and his faith in God works in each one of those multiple moving parts.

That’s why I have grown to appreciate this Psalm, and especially the last three verses.  Nothing David does (in faith) occurs in a vacuum.  Sure, he is dealing with sin, confession, repentance, and forgiveness.  But the rest of the world, and his life for that matter, doesn’t pause while he goes through this.

And so, he finds the need to address his enemies.  They haven’t gone away during this entire ordeal.  But as he grows closer to God, he comes to them strong in the faith that God nourishes.  A faith that causes him to stand during fiery trials.  A faith that he rests on during personal failures.  And a faith that reaches and touches every last part of his life, because that is just a small picture of the God he worships and loves.

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