– When Absalom tried to become king (2 Samuel 15:14)
– When King Saul tried to kill David (1 Samuel 19:18)
Samuel is a book in the Bible. Absalom was a son of David. In Psalm 6 David was very lonely and not happy. He was ill in body and in mind. He thought that God had left him. He thought that God would not give him help. This made David so sad that he forgot what he believed. He had believed that he would always live with God. But David continued to pray, ‘LORD come back.’ One day God answered David. David then told the bad men to go away. These men wanted to hurt David. They probably told David that God would not listen to him. But God did listen. God made David feel much better.
Sometimes we feel as David felt. We think that God has left us. Psalm 6:6 says that David cried every night. Psalm 6:3 tells us David asked, ‘For how long?’ One night God will answer us as he answered David. We too will say, ‘The LORD heard me!’ God was really with us all the time. We could not see him through our tears. God is not angry with us. God loves us.
David is very ill
This is a song of David.
Tell the music leader, ‘Use a
Please do not become angry.
LORD, give me health because my bones are afraid.
Make me safe because of your kind love.
My bed swims on my
The place where I sleep is
They are becoming old because of all my enemies.
– God is so loving and kind
– David cannot praise God in Sheol
Long ago people believed in Sheol. It was a place under the ground. People went there when they died. It was a dark place. In Psalm 16:10 David says he will live with God when he dies. Here, David is so sad that he forgets it! He cries so much his bed is like a boat on water. It floats on his tears! He cries until God answers him.
The LORD has listened to the noise of my crying.
The LORD will listen to what I say.
They will also be disappointed.
They will be disappointed and soon they will turn away.