There is no reading & understanding  Psalm 6 without understanding the surrounding factors at the time the David made this prayer.

The psalm is a prayer by David after he committed the sin with Bathsheba and orchestrated the murder of Uriah (Bathsheba’s husband).

At this time Bathsheba has given birth to the baby however the child is near death because the Lord had struck the child (1 Samuel 12). David is clearly in distress in this psalm due the situation around and mostly because he is the main cause of the situation. He is condemning himself and his conscience is accusing him.

However, the most admirable character of David here is that, even though he knew he failed God he still chose to approach God about it. (Read psalm 139:7)

This must be due to the fact he knew there is no place else to go for the remission of his sin.

The other lovely character is that David communicates openly exactly how he feels at that time about his dilemma. He is sorry about it and the he asks God to, “Return (to my relief_amplified bible), O Lord, deliver my life, save me for the sake of your steadfast love & mercy.”( Ps 6:4). This shows that David is more concerned about keeping the Presence of God in his life more than anything. (Ps 27:4). Verse 8, David’s repented soul detaches himself from any worker of iniquity because the Lord has heard Him (Hallelujah). Verse 9 tells that David sought the Lord till the Lord heard Him.

No matter how deep, in sin, you may be; only the blood of Jesus is able to make you clean.  Confess your sin to God, He is faithful to forgive and cleanse you.

God still loves you. – Mandilakhe Nontenja


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