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~ Psalm 6 ~ Spiritual Journey From The Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~

Updated on January 9, 2015

~ Spiritual Journey from the Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~

~ Psalm 6 ~

The Psalms are a wonderful enthralling collection of melodic sacred spiritual songs. Psalm 6 is a prayer/song plea for mercy! David fervently and humbly cries out to the Lord and seeks His compassion rather than His wrath! Here we learn that he has a wonderful close spiritual as well emotionally expressive relationship with the Lord! David regularly prayed to the Lord!

As we read and study the Psalms we get a continual glimpse of their ongoing spiritual relationship! Although there were times that he did not always listen, no doubt David’s heart was with the Lord. There are many life lessons to learn within these Psalms! Here we can learn the importance of not succumbing to the weaknesses of the flesh! To continually seek God’s path above all others… This is why we all need Jesus as Savior and Lord! To save us from the power of sin reigning in our lives!

No doubt throughout David’s lifetime he had many tumultuous experiences that necessitated him to cry out to the Lord! However, during his time of disobedience he was in such despair because he had such a sensitive conscious towards the Lord! David knew when the Lord was not pleased with Him.

This Psalm was written to the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Shemnith, the director of music. According to the Hebrew language it means stringed instruments. The harp is a marvelous stringed instrument!

David was a multitalented man; he was also a brilliant musician and knew the power of music. Notice the tone of his writings. They have such a melodious cadence to them. When he was a lad he was called to the side of King Saul. Saul had great success when he obeyed God. But as he got older he becomes quite carnal and no longer listened to the Lord. The Lord became grieved that he made Saul King. He rejected him as King (see I Samuel 15.) This brought upon him an “evil tormenting spirit” that could only be calmed by music.

The original harp was an instrument which had two pieces of wood fastened together at right angles. The strings stretched across the triangular shaped piece of wood. Some strings were made of dry grasses. But the better harp strings were made from dried intestines of animals. They could have from three up to forty or more strings! It was and is a splendid awe-inspiring instrument that requires great skill! Today it has been refined even more so and is quite a marvelously beautiful instrument of presence!

David was known for playing his harp well and was selected to play for Saul! Little did King Saul know that David was anointed by God to become his successor as King! His prolific gift of playing the harp soothed King Saul’s tormenting spirit! David knew the power of music ministry!

David in this Psalm expresses His genuine and heartfelt emotions to the Lord on many occasions. No doubt his love for the Lord and music are and awesome twosome! Throughout these Psalms we experience a deep gamut of his emotions!

Book of Praise Lesson Highlights


Prayer For God’s Mercy!

Theme: Deliverance in trouble! God is able to rescue us!

lst of seven “penitential “ Psalms

By King David

~ PSALM 6 ~

In this Psalm David realizes and acknowledges that he has sinned. Sin is what separates us from the Lord! Therefore he cries out to the Lord in sorrow and anguish. As he bellows out one can also hear a repentance that implies that he wants to make a fresh commitment to the Lord. Here I am not certain of the exact sin but I do know that he is heartily sorrowful and yearns to draw near and be close to the Lord once again.

David pleads with the Lord not to be angry with him and to not let His wrath come forcibly vehement upon him. The pain is so intense that he is experiencing discomfort in His body! He acknowledges his weakness to bear it and asks for mercy! “O Lord do not rebuke me in your anger, Nor chasten me. in Your hot displeasure. Have mercy on me for I am weak: O lord heal me, for my bones are troubled.”

The beautiful thing about David is his transparency with the Lord! We can see how important it is to confess and not allow pride to hinder the restoration process... His soul is troubled to the point he is not at peace with himself! Thank God for Jesus! The Lord Loves us so that He allowed Jesus to make atonement for the sins of the world! Atonement is reconciliation between God and his people. When you accept Jesus Christ into your heart as Lord and Savior you have the gift of His Comforter available 24/7! Because of Jesus when we earnestly repent, submit and confess we can always be reconciled again with our Father.

The Lord knows exactly where we are and in His time he will allow His peace to flow in our hearts again after whatever period of time that He deems necessary. So here David is asking the Lord but how long will it be? “My soul is also greatly troubled; But You, O LORD -- how long?”

No doubt whatever has transpired David has cried all throughout the night to the point that his bed is wet and soggy with his tears! His bed is not only wet but evidently as he lies and reclines on his couch it too is drenched with tears. Some serious remorseful sobbing has taken place here! The beauty here is we can see that it is important to be honest with the Lord! God knows what we are thinking as well as everything we say and do or have done…

It is important to readily repent. Repent does not mean repeat or simply say “I’m sorry.” It is a process by were the heart is convicted and is penitent. One is so burdened by the action that they cannot bear the pain it is causing so they want relief… To once again want to experience and feel that closeness with the Lord! Therefore they sincerely ask forgiveness for the deed or action! “I am weary with groaning: All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with tears.”

We must be ever mindful of who we seek counsel from. We can recall instructions from the 1st Psalm; if it is not godly then we should let it fall on deaf ears! “Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners nor...” Psalm 1. Whatever is around David that has negatively allowed him to become influenced and he now wants no part of it! He announces that he has spent time earnestly crying out to the Lord and does not welcome what is not of the Lord in his presence. The good thing here is David is a King and he has the authority to easily dismiss whatever is around him. He can simply point or say to anyone go!

We cannot always readily do this. But we can meditate on the Lord’s Word in any and every situation and call upon Him. He can & will direct our path forward as we Trust Him. We can do this anytime and anywhere without even uttering a Word. Thank God we have the infilling presence of His Holy Spirit! The Lord will hear our prayers…

David has found relief during his time with the Lord because he here also acknowledges that the Lord has heard his prayer! This leads us to believe that he has reconciled with the Lord and his peace once again restored! This could also have been an ungodly spiritual presence that he has discerned and is asking to depart as well… The Lord rescues David! “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind …” Romans 12. Therefore we ask the Lord’s covering become available to protect us! We have the assurance of His Holy Spirit! He too will rescue us when we call upon him humbly and sincerely! The Lord knows the position of our hearts! We can boldly go before the throne of Grace! David now has confidence in the Lord’s presence with him! “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.”

There are two paths the Narrow Path that leads to the Lord and the wide road that leads to destruction. We must constantly be aware lifelong that we have not wondered off onto the wide road… If so one must readily repent! David’s love for the Lord is commendable. It is also in the face of adversity we can display the power of God’s Grace to our onlookers that the Lord can keep us as we turn our focus to Him rather upon the situation! Here we see confirmation that the Lord has heard David’s prayers! “The Lord has heard the supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer.”

This Psalm concludes saying: “Let ALL my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.”


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    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      DR Pastorcarlotta, So glad that you are inspired! It is always good to hear from you! Missed you too! Glad you are back! Thank You as always for stopping to share! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      What an inspiring Hub as you are as well!! I have missed you, but I am back! Voted-up! Luv ya!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Stars, Yes they are! I am glad that you are encouraged! David is such an excellent example of a transparent relationship with the Lord! We all can learn much from Him! We never have to doubt the Lord's Faithfulness! We have so much to be thankful for... God is worthy of honor and praise!

      Thank you for stopping by to share your words of encouragement! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless All of YOU! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      The Psalms are wonderful, and I enjoy reading your thoughts on them. I have a delightful image of David in my mind, and your work seems to bring him to life. God Bless You in your work, studies, and in your devotions to God , and for the sake of good people. Wonderful hub precious heart.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Christ4ever, Thank you so glad you enjoyed this… Yes David truly is a great example for all of us! It is comforting to KNOW that the Lord knows our hearts! Here we can learn despite the flaws God continues to mold and shape us… What Love the Lord demonstrates to us through Jesus Christ! The Blood of Jesus has cleansing Power!

      Rev Ted, Thank you for your heartfelt spiritual enlightening comments! And thank you again for stopping by to share, please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless YOU!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Heart4theword, You are so welcome! David is really a great example for any and everyone! He teaches us the importance of being transparent with the Lord! Thank you for stopping by to share your helpful comments! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Sky321, So nice to see you here! You are so welcome! Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      A M Werner, We can certainly learn a lot from David! It is so wonderful to KNOW that we can go to the Lord with anything and at anytime! It is hard for me to believe that even those who say they don’t believe don’t cry out to the Lord privately… I suppose there are some but its nothing there on the other end but darkness….

      Patience is part of the FRUIT of HIS SPIRT! God is not like a genie who does what we command… This is why we pray if something is in HIS WILL in the NAME of JESUS! Thank you for sharing your wise insight that will serve to help many others! We have so much to be THANKFUL for in the LORD.. . As always your most helpful comments are appreciated and welcomed! In HIS Love, Grace Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 

      8 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      A beautiful read... That man was such a fine example of "mankind" in general, in how that... even though we are ALL flawed, we are still capable of having a true heart for our Lord God and a maintain a lving relationship with Him in spite of ourselves. Likewise knowing this, the Lord will still work wonders and miracles in our lives because of the reciprocal love He has for us. Great job on the Psalms again! With His love and peace... Rev.Ted

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      8 years ago from hub

      I love the examples we have in the Psalms! David shows us how he was honest before the Lord about his feelings, hurts, wants and needs. Because of the stories shared of David, it has taken away excuses of many...who can reach out to God, no matter what their past. Thank your for sharing another great Bible hub:)

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      His daughter, Yes the psalms are marvelous! I agree David is a wonderful example. His transparency with the Lord encourages us to freely share everything with the Lord! Yes He amazingly KNOWS everything about everyone! Yet He graciously allows us the choice to come to Him! When we humble ourselves and submit to His will and way we continually grow in His grace and knowledge!

      The Lord’s resources are unlimited in Him we can find everything that we will ever need! He is Sovereign! We should always seek Him FIRST for direction above all else! Thank you for sharing your wise insight! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Lady E, You are so welcome! Yes! We can always find encouragement in the Lord! Thank you as always for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • Sky321 profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      Another great and insightful hub. Thanks

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      Allen Werner 

      8 years ago from West Allis

      I believe we've all, saints and sinners, had those nights on the bed and couch, tears and fears pouring out of our every pore. As agnostic as many contend to be, I am more than willing to bet there is not a soul who has not cried out to Him in such a matter at least once in their life. I don't believe there is anyone so innocent of sin as to say they've never experienced an inner knowledge of His presence. Unlike David, many don't get the response they want, in the time they want it. Patience is not their virtue and they are utterly consumed by their grief. And that grief turns into a passion for sin. As you say, this is where the path divides, this is where we get the chance to really make our choice. Hopefully your hub will inspire people to take that narrow road that can make all the difference between being exalted or ashamed. Peace

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      His daughter 

      8 years ago

      As I mentioned before, I love the Psalms and usually read one each day. David was one that poured his heart out to matter what he was feeling. A great example for us that God (who already knows what we're feeling and thinking) is willing to hear us at any time and when going through any circumstance good or bad. Just as David ended up giving thanks and praising God, we too can take that as a lesson...He is God with no limit to His power no matter what.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for a Beautiful and inspiring Hub. As I read it, I pondered over the words "and David encouraged himself in the Lord." That must have really sustained him.

      Thanks for sharing. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Lifegate! Wonderful ! PRAISE GOD! You are so welcome!

      I think the quality of transparency merits applaud! The beauty revealed here is that our relationship with the Lord is being in touch with all that we are. Under the spiritual microscope of the Lord everything is magnified and brought to the Light. It is here we are able to see our shortcomings and surrender them to the Lord and TRUST that as the Master Creator He is able to mold us shape us daily into a vessel of honor… The Blood of Jesus truly has cleansing power! In HIS Love & Service, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless you!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      ImChemist, You are welcome! So glad you enjoyed the pictures.. Please do come again, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Crysolite, No doubt that the Bible purposefully has been designed in such a way that the Psalms are placed right in the center. They are inclusive of every emotion that one could ever experience! Truly the Word of God is "ALive!" The Lord KNOWS our hearts even when we do not speak a word... Thank you for sharing and please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Nobody, Thank you for sharing your insightful comments. David shows us the beauty of transparency! David was the most powerful man of his time. Yet he displays a humble dependency on the Lord that is so compelling. Here we can see clearly God KNOWS the heart and sees us from a spiritual level of profound depth there is absolutely nothing hidden to HIM… What is so interesting is that He knew then what would be now… Our finite minds cannot totally grasp the depth of His infinite consciousness… But we know and believe it is so through FAITH! Therefore we can always benefit from His Word that is “alive” when we apply the principles now! The Psalms are truly marvelous!

      Your example of Ahab shows that by having an encounter with God He can bring anyone to humility.. After all He is Sovereign, How wonderful He gives us the freedom to choose…

      Our true security & significance can only be truly found in the Lord. Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Prasetio, The Psalms are quite powerful! Thank you for your gracious comments… You have a beautiful soul and open mind that is able to receive TRUTH! I am most grateful for the many wonderful informative hubs that you continue to present! I too have learned much from your writings… It is always a joy for you to stop by and share, In HIS Love Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless YOU!

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      William Kovacic 

      8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Thanks for sharing this segment on the Psalms. To be a man after God's own heart requires abhoring sin in our life--something I fail to do all too often. God spoke to me through this read, so thank you for allowing yourself to be His instrument.

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      8 years ago

      Nice pictures , thanks for sharing it.

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      8 years ago from Houston TX

      Really, Psalm is a wonderful portion of the bible. Even if you don't have strength to pray, just going through some chapters in Psalm, you will definitely get what your looking for.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Tamarajo, Yes! The Psalms are a spiritual feast! Here we can learn many invaluable life lessons to help us grow spiritually... They are vital in so many ways! Thank you for stopping by to share, Please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Robert E Smith 

      8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      David was indeed a man after God's own heart. He sought diligently his God. He was easily convicted of his sin. It didn't take much for him to see the error of his way and return, humbling himself and seeking God's love. He was a man that had a great many faults but these things paled in comparison to his love of the LORD. I am also reminded of when evil king Ahab, as evil as he was, was touched by something that happened and humbled himself before the Lord. God said, "See how Ahab has humbled himself before me?" A man who humbles himself really grabs at God's heart. If He felt that way about evil Ahab, think how he felt knowing the depth of love David had in his heart for his God.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.... this is so beautiful though I am Muslim but I receive all beauty from the outside. I always learn something new every time I come to your hub. DeBorrah you always show your spirituality side. I always adore you, my dear. God bless you!


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      James A Watkins, Thank you for being my first and most congenial visitor Professor! Yes it is important to be transparent with God! He already Knows everything about us anyway! No doubt “David was a man after God’s heart!” There is a freedom that comes with readily admitting our shortcomings…. What is so beautiful is, as long as we are on this side of Heaven there is always more to learn and room from improvement! We are forever becoming… Thank you as always for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace and Blessings!

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      8 years ago

      I love the psalm because they are so personally identifiable.

      I liked your take on the true type of repentance. Not just feeling sorry but almost and aversion to the point of turning away and desiring relief from the grief it causes.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Another great entry in your Psalms series. Yes, David was transparent with God. Might as well be! David: a man after God's own heart. How wonderful that this is possible for a flawed man. Thank you for this edification. I enjoyed it thoroughly. God Bless You!


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