Psalm 6

This is a song that David wrote.

Tell the music leader, ‘Use harps when you sing this song.’

David prays for health

6:1David was not happy. He was ill. He thought that God had left him. This made David very sad. Sometimes we feel as David did. We think that God has left us. But God will help us if we continue to pray to him, as David did.

1 Lord, when you are angry,

please do not punish me.

2 I do not feel strong, Lord,

so please be kind to me.

Lord, please make me well again.

Even my bones are shaking.

3 I am very frightened.

Lord, when will you do something to help me?

6:3David is praying, ‘How long will my illness last?’

4 Lord, turn back to me. Give me back my life.

Make me safe because of your special love.

5 If I die, I will no longer even remember you.

Nobody can praise you in their grave!

6 I am crying so much that I have no more strength.

My bed becomes wet because I weep all night.

My tears run into my pillow.

7 I am so sad that my eyes do not see well any more.

They are becoming weak because of all my enemies.

6:7God does not answer David immediately. David cries until God answers him.

8 Go away from me, you people who do wicked things!

Now the Lord has heard me when I weep.

9 I asked the Lord to be kind and to help me.

Now he has answered me!

10 May the Lord cause all my enemies to become ashamed!

May they go away from me in fear!

May shame suddenly come to them!

6:10David is brave again when he knows that God has heard his prayer.