A Penitential Psalm
Psalm 6 is a prayer for deliverance from suffering (6:1-3). This is the first of the seven penitential psalms. It is a heartfelt cry for forgiveness, healing and restoration. Believers are not immune from suffering. Suffering reminds them of the fallen nature of this world and the need of forgiveness from sin. David prayed for relief from suffering (6:1-3). He is weak and frustrated because of sin. David wanted the Lord to relieve him from pain and suffering. He prays “How long, O Lord until you restore me?” Christians are saved to live in righteousness. They do not practice sin because they have been born of God and have anew nature (1 John 3:8-9). Anyone who does practice sin is still in darkness. God’s children should bear their family resemblance. But believers can stumble some time. Sin in Christian life is an exception and not normal. When they confess their sins, God is faithful and just to forgive their sins and cleanse them from all their wickedness (1 John 1:9). The Lord disciplines the one he loves (Heb 12:6). The purpose of discipline is to produce the peaceful fruit of righteousness in our lives (Heb 12:11). Grace is not a license to continue in sin.
David confessed his sins before God and sought forgiveness (6:4-7). He became weary of sin in his life. David acknowledged God’s unfailing love and pleads for deliverance. He reasoned with God that “the dead will not praise God”. Night after night he wept and flooded his bed with tears. Only the godly sorrow produces repentance that lead to salvation and restoration (2 Cor 7:10). This helps us to confess our sins and turn back to God in humility. Peter is an example of it. David knew that if God did not deliver him, he would die. Satan wants Christians to fall in sin so that Christ’ testimony would be dishonored. Christians should never treat sin lightly. We should lament of our sins and seek God’s forgiveness.
In verses 8-10, we see the assurance of restoration God offers. Our God forgives and restores the repentant sinner. David knew that God had heard his cry and answered his prayer. He prayed that his enemies should be put to shame. When believers go through suffering and difficulties, they should remember that they serve a merciful God (Ps 103:13). God hears our cry and deliver us from all our fears. One of the greatest blessings of being a Christians is that we serve a God who answers our prayers. Do you have the confidence that God has forgiven your sins? Blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven (Psalm 32:1).
A prayer for Deliverance from Enemies.
In this psalm, David prays for deliverance (7:1:2). Most likely this psalm was written when Cush a Benjamite cursed David when he was hunted by king Soul’s men (2 Samuel 16:5-8). Whenever David faced danger he cried for deliverance. He prayed “O Lord my God, save me from all those who persecute me”. He was confident of God’s intervention to rescue him from all dangers. God should not become our last resource of help. David knew that if God does not help him no one could deliver him. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put our confidence in man (118:8).
Before David prayed he examined his own heart (7:3-9). He wanted to affirm his innocence before God. He knew that human heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked
(Jer 17:9). David knew that if he regards iniquity in his heart the Lord will not hear his prayers (Psalm 66:18). He was facing slanderous accusation against him. David appeals for God’s righteous vindication over his enemies. David knew that “Vengeance is Lord’s, he will repay” (Rom 12:19). This reflects how Christians should live when they face persecution. God has a purpose when he allows trails in our life. Christians should consider it an opportunity to grow spiritually (Rom 5:3-5). God can use them for our good and for his glory (Rom 8:28).
David knew that the judge of the earth always do what is right (7:10-17; Gen 18:25). In spite of David’s innocence, his enemies slander against him. When people reviled against Christ he did not revile in return (1 Pet 2:23). He continued to trust the Father who judges justly. David knew that in the end God will ensure the justice. The wicked will be trapped by their trap. When a person is conceived with sin then he gives birth to death and destroys himself (James 1:15). If he confesses his sin, God will forgive him but he may suffer the consequences of what he has down (Gal 6:7). The psalm ends with praise and worship for God’s righteousness. Though David was slandered, he trusted in the Lord who judges justly.
How Marvelous is our God!
Psalm 8 deals with the sovereignty of God (8:1-2). This psalm begins and ends with heartfelt exclamation of praise. “O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth”. God’s name reveals his character. Our LORD is the covenant keeping God. He is “Jehovah”, the eternal God. Also he is Lord, the sovereign and the Master. God is majestic in his creation. So it is fitting to praise God for his creation. Psalmist marvels that God even uses children to praise him. He enables and strengthens the weak children and the infants to glorify him. God has redeemed us to himself. We should not rely on human philosophies but on the transforming power of God to live the Christian life. God alone is worthy of our praise.
David marvels at God’s creation (8:3-8). As a shepherd David had frequent opportunities to observe the vast universe at night while taking care of sheep outside. When David looked at the vastness of heaven, including the moon and the stars, he wondered why God would consider the mere mortal man so important. Adam was created with significant to rule over the universe. God created man with power and dignity (Gen 1:16-18). But when he disobeyed God, he forfeited his dominion over the creation (Heb 2:7-8). But God sent his son to restore man’s lost significance and dominion (1 Cor 15:45, 47). He was made little lower than angels for a little while to rescue the fallen man (Heb 2:9). What a gracious Lord!
God’s name is majestic on the earth (8:9). Adam lost his blessings by his disobedience. But the last Adam’s obedience restored man’s lost blessings. Christ has redeemed us to restore our lost dominion. Now he is crowned with glory and honor. Christ has not ashamed to call those who trust him his brethren (Heb 2:11). They will someday reign with him (2 Tim 2:12). God has made them heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17). The psalmist ends the psalm as he began, praising God for his excellent majesty. God never intended man to remain in his fallen state. God displayed his majesty is the restoration of fallen man. The hope of the bright future should fill Christians with joy and purpose even in difficult days.
Thanksgiving for Justice
David is praising God for his righteous judgment over wicked nations (9:1-7). It is also a victory psalm. Psalmist remembers the marvelous works God has done for Israel. He is praising God for who he is. “I will be glad and rejoice in you” (9:1). Christians are marked by their joy in the Lord (Phil 4:4). We are exhorted to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thes 5:16-18). There are times it is hard to rejoice. Paul and Silas rejoiced in the prison and sang praises to God (Acts 16:16-34). Joy is the mark of Christians. It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22). We rejoice in Christ because of our identification with him. Our Lord controls all things and he works all things for our good and his glory. Nothing in the world can separate us from the Love of God (Rom 8:38-39). David knew that God is on the side of the righteous and judge the wicked. David is confident that God would uphold his cause. He will judge his enemies form his throne (9:6). The Lord knows his own and he will restore them.
David declares that the Lord is a shelter for afflicted (9:7-12). He reigns over the earth. He is a shelter for the oppressed and a refuge on times of trouble. This speaks of their security. The Lord is trustworthy in times of trouble. He will not forsake those who seek him. The safest place in the world is in the will of God. God’s name speaks of his nature. He is a covenant keeping God. Those who know him will put their trust in God. To trust God is to seek him with a desire to know him better (Isaiah 55:6). God never ignores the afflicted and the helpless. Do you seek the Lord with a desire to know him better? (Phil 3:10-11). Those who found security in God should praise him for his protection and providence.
David prayed to God for deliverance from afflictions (9:13-20). He remembers God’s past faithfulness toward him. The nations that reject God will not prevail. He calls on God to deliver him from death so that he could praise him publically. David wanted to rejoice in the salvation of God. He knew that the wicked will fall into his own trap. The destiny of the wicked is eternal destruction. But the needy and afflicted will not be forgotten forever (9:18). Those who reject God have no hope. The Lord will take care of those who put their trust in him. The Lord is sovereign over the universe and his purpose will prevail. Through we are weak our God is strong and mighty. Psalmist ends the psalm with confidence in the Lord. Do you trust the Lord?
Cry of the Oppressed
God is not far from us in trouble (10:1-11). The wicked are hunting down the poor and brag about their evil desire. So the psalmist is pleading for God’s intervention. “Let the wicked be caught in the evil they plan for others”. The wicked are full of pride, boastful and have no regard for God. They think their prosperity will continue forever. Their words are deceitful and destructive. They attack the helpless and the afflicted. They think that God does not care about poor. The psalmist compares them to wild beast catching helpless animals in unawareness. David wonders why God is hiding and does not do something about the wickedness that is abounding. They act as if there is no God (Ps 14:1). These are the questions often we ask. The Bible clearly answers these questions. God is everywhere and he reigns. He sees all things and will judge righteously. Meanwhile we must find our rest and confidence in him. His promises are great and precious. He promised that he would not leave us or forsakes us (Heb 13:5).
David prays that God would punish the wicked (10:12-18). They afflict the poor. “Do not forget the humble”. What is humility? It is not thinking poorly of us. It is a spiritual virtue. Humble people do not think more highly than they ought to think of themselves (Rom 12:3). Christians should live humbly dependent on Christ. The chief characteristic of Christian life is humility (James 4:10; 1 Pet 5:6; Jer 9:23-23). Someone has said “In the Christian life, the way up is down and the way down is up”. God would not allow the wicked to despise him forever. The nations that oppose God will perish. God sees our trouble and knows our grief. The psalm closes with confident note. “God will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed”. We cannot control our circumstances but God can. He takes special interest on the poor and the afflicted. God hears when they call upon him. He defends the afflicted and the needy against the wicked. We can be confident that God will accomplish his purposes in due time. He uses trials and afflictions to build our character (Rom 5:3-4). The day of reckoning is coming. God has appointed Christ to be the judge. Now God is longsuffering and wants that all to be saved. Do you know Christ as your Lord and Savior? He came to seek and save that which was lost?