Psalm 6, NKJV
To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. On an eight-stringed harp.[a] A Psalm of David.
1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.3 My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O LORD—how long?4 Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!5 For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?6 I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.7 My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.9 The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.
About this commentary:
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain.
The psalmist deprecates God's wrath, and begs for the return of his favour.
These verses speak the language of a heart truly humbled, of a broken and contrite spirit under great afflictions, sent to awaken conscience and mortify corruption. Sickness brought sin to his remembrance, and he looked upon it as a token of God's displeasure against him. The affliction of his body will be tolerable, if he has comfort in his soul.... Every page of Scripture proclaims the fact that salvation is only of the Lord. Man is a sinner, his case can only be reached by mercy; and never is mercy more illustrious than in restoring backsliders. With good reason we may pray, that if it be the will of God, and he has any further work for us or our friends to do in this world, he will yet spare us or them to serve him. To depart and be with Christ is happiest for the saints; but for them to abide in the flesh is more profitable for the church.