Psalms Chapter 6
Psalms 6:1-2, “O LORD rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.” Psalms chapter 6 is a prayer in which King David comes looking to God for mercy because of his enemies. The first thing that King David did however in this situation was to keep in mind that He himself is a sinner and weak and only by God having mercy upon him is he not rebuked in God’s Holy displeasure. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The truth is that there is no human being on this earth that really understands how terrible of a sinner they are and how much they have failed. In fact we often do things that are wrong and we are not even aware of it. It’s not just the obvious things like the Ten Commandments, but any time we do not do the will of God we are big failures. James 2:10-11, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.” If we could see it the way God does, we would realize the truth is that we are all guilty of everything. Men only see the external. But God judges the heart. David understood this and that is why when He came to God in prayer to deliver him from his enemies, he first looked to God for mercy from his own sins. David said, “I am weak.” How opposite is this from the philosophy of the world. The world says look inside yourself for your inner strength. Yes, men can do things and men can endure hardships, but to truly be strong, as strong as you can, and to truly overcome, you must rely on Jesus for strength and not yourself because just as King David, we are all weak. It is better to be weak and find forgiveness and eternal life than to think you are strong and bust hell wide open.
Second Corinthians 12:9 says, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” When we rely upon Christ instead of ourselves then we are strong because Christ is strong. Psalms 6:2 tells us that the Lord has mercy, and the Lord heals. If you want mercy and healing in the face of enemies then come to Jesus and come to Jesus humbly with repentance for your sins including the sins you are not even aware that you have done because you are weak, and then you will find mercy and healing.
Psalms 6:3 says, “My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?” To be vexed means to be greatly troubled and distressed. David said his soul was vexed. Not in every moment of life are you going to be filled with joy and happiness. Even when you do what is right there will be times when your soul feels only pain and suffering. This is what David meant by saying his soul was sore vexed.
Following Jesus is like running a race. The Apostle Paul in the New Testament gave this illustration. First Corinthians 9:22-27, “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” When you run a race, if you run hard you are going to feel physical pain because of the effort you are giving. In the same sense in your soul there are times you will simply be sore vexed. This doesn’t mean you don’t have faith and this certainly doesn’t mean God won’t keep His promises, because God is faithful. Some people misunderstand this principle. David was sore vexed so he said to the LORD, “How long?” Patience is important in life. And no matter how patient you think you are, you can always be more patient. No matter how patient you think you are, you certainly are not as patient as God is. And God does things in His timing. But then again prayer moves God. Its good when your soul is sore vexed to ask God how long? God wants us to be encouraged. God wants us to endure until the end, and God may just indeed end the vexation of your soul and deliver you from your enemies all the more swifter, if you simply pray to Him and ask him, “how long?”
Whenever you find yourself in a situation like King David here, who was sore vexed in his soul because of his enemies, there are several things you should do. First ask God, “how long?” Second be patient and endure. Second Timothy 2:3, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Patience means to endure. And most importantly remember that you are weak, but God is faithful. We know God is faithful because the Bible calls God the faithful Creator. First Peter 4:18, “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
God is the Creator. Unlike some people in the world who would think God has abandoned them or that God is not involved in His creation, this is not true. God is not some supreme being who created this world and has just abandoned it and let it spin around the sun on its own. God is a faithful Creator and therefore He is involved in every detail of His creation. Do you doubt this? How involved really is God? Psalm 147:4, “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” Outer space is vast. Men are always building new telescopes to try to see farther out into the heavens. And they are always surprised by the new things they discover. It seems so endless out there. God knows the number of the stars, and He calls them all by their names. In this vast universe where the only physical life that has been found is on the planet earth where God sent His only begotten Son Jesus to die for your sins, how involved do you think God is in His Creation? The truth is God is more involved in your own life than even you are. That is what it means to be a faithful Creator. When your soul is sore vexed, ask the Lord, “how long?” and then remember Jesus is a faithful Creator.
Psalms 6:4, “Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.” The question is, “how long?” Verse 4 answers this: until Christ returns. There will be suffering, and there will be sin in this world and there will be spiritual warfare until Christ returns. How long? Return, O Lord. There are mountains and there are valleys. Sometimes life is good and sometimes there is suffering. And sometimes the sufferings do not go away. It just may be that you will suffer all your life. For most people they will not have to go through what Job went through. But if you are ever wondering when your sufferings will end and when your enemies will be completely eradicated by God: this will happen when Christ returns and not until then.
Revelation chapter 11:15 says, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” How long? Not until the seventh angel sounds that’s how long. Because God is perfect and a perfect work will He make on the earth.
Concerning how long and concerning the return of Christ there are two important words in verse 4: the words “deliver” and “save.” The word deliver is used in the Old Testament in reference to war and to military victory and military deliverance. In fact the word is elsewhere used to mean ‘armed’ men and, ‘prepared’ for war. When Christ returns He is going to return as the King of Kings. He is going to come in power and glory. The first time that Christ came, He came born of a virgin taking upon himself the likeness of man and dying the humble and shameful death on the cross for the sins of everyone in this world. This time when He comes He will descend out of the heavens with all the military might of His angels to crush all those that oppose Him and to deliver those that look to Him for deliverance. Revelation 19:11-16 says, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” It’s no wonder the word used is “deliverance.” Life is a spiritual warfare, and the physical things which occur including the wars and the enemies that come after us are simply driven by the invisible forces of evil that oppose Jesus. One day Jesus is going to come and bring the final deliverance against all of this. There is deliverance: it is found in Jesus.
The other word used is the word “save.” The word contains the idea of a broad
amount of space. It’s not just that God is going to save and deliver, but that
He is going to do so with great power. It’s not by the skin of the teeth so to
speak, but it’s by the right hand of Jesus. First
Peter 4:18 says, “And if the righteous scarcely be
saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” How is it that
the righteous are scarcely saved if the idea is that of abundant salvation.
It’s simply that men are weak and are sinful but God is Holy, and most
importantly as the last part of verse 4 says “for
His mercies sake.” Jesus Christ is going to return. Jesus Christ is
going to deliver. Jesus Christ is going to save for His mercies sake, and he is
going to do so with grace and power. He is going to save with room to spare,
with plenty of space. Salvation is not halfway. It may seem that way right now
because we still live in a sinful world and in sinful bodies. The fullness of
salvation has not yet come. But it will with Jesus. Thank God that He is
merciful. There will be enemies and there will be suffering. How long? Until
tomorrow? No. Until next year? No. Until the day you win the lottery? No. Until
a cure for cancer or aids is discovered? No. Until a united nations is
established? No. Until there is free medical care for everyone? No. Oh Lord,
how long? Until Christ returns. Yes. This is the Hope, the great hope, the hope
that is greater than any other. This is the end of suffering, this is the end
of your enemies: nothing else is. There is no other Hope. Christ died on the
Psalms 6:5 says, “For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?” This verse is not saying there is no life after death. It is saying the purpose of being alive is to remember God and his promises and to be thankful unto God for all that He does. You cannot do this if you are dead. If you see the shadow of death coming close to you as King David did because of his enemies, then if you want to live longer pray to God and ask Him for His mercies sake and make sure you use your life to remember and to praise. This is the purpose of life: to remember God and to praise.
Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” If you are alive, it’s because God is merciful and He wants you to remember and to praise. Remember and give thanks. Remember the promises of God. Remember what God has done for others. Remember what God has done for you in your life already: both the physical and the spiritual blessings. And then thank Him for it.
Psalms 6:6-8, “I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.” Sometimes it seems that the evil people of this world just will not go away and leave us in peace. King David’s enemies pursued him to the point that he was weary and that he spent every night laying in bed weeping. But he waited on the Lord. He prayed and God delivered him. God heard the voice of his weeping. It is ok to feel weary. It is ok to cry. But do not stop trusting in God. And do not stop praying. Jesus hears your weeping. He hears you more than anyone else can. He hears. He cares and He will deliver and save.
Psalms 6:9-10 says, “The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.” If you have enemies the best thing to do is not to get revenge on them but to pray to God. God can get revenge better than you can. It is ok to pray for justice when you have been wronged. In verse 10 we see the word “return” used. It’s the same word which was used in the previous verse in which David said “how long?” “Return, O Lord.” This word is also used in Genesis 3:19 which says, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” The word is also used in Psalms 54:4 and is translated reward. “He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.”
If you trust in God, you are going to find that suddenly you will have enemies. Your enemies will be whoever opposes the truth. Christ is going to return and bring deliverance and salvation. But the enemies of Christ have for their final fate to return to the dust of the earth, and for a reward they will be cut off by the truth of God. It is easy to become too focused on the wrong that other people do, especially those that are your enemies. God will deliver you from your enemies. God will bring justice and judge the wrongs others do if they don’t turn to Jesus. Make sure even in the face of your enemies you focus on keeping yourself right with Christ and let God deliver you. This is what King David did: he prayed. There will indeed be times in life when you will be so vexed you will want nothing more than such. Be sure to pray, “But, thou, O Lord, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.”
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