For Thy Mercies Sake (Psalm 6)

Recent Sermon Notes and Sermon

For Thy Mercies Sake Psalm 6:1-10
Salvation Dependent Upon Everlasting Kindness
a.     Cry for Mercy  Verses 1 – 3 Represent a recognition of temporal suffering. The weakness in my life is me.

a.     Covenantal Mercy  Verse 4 – 5 Speaks to our only comfort. The LORD’s everlasting kindness (חֶסֶד).

b.     Temporal Sorrow  Verses 6 – 7 The sorrows of this life. The Veil of Tears

a.     Covenantal Deliverance  Verses 8 – 10 Represent our deliverance in the LORD.  Regardless of our circumstances.

V  Psalm 6:title–3 (NKJV)

To the Chief Musician. With Stringed Instruments. On An Eight-Stringed Harp. 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 Lordhow long?







Consider V 4

Cry for Mercy – Our Supplications

The entirety of Psalm 6 is a petition, a cry, a reflection upon personal weakness in the midst of trials, it speaks to the frailty of this life, and the consequences of our sins.  This image of Covenantal Wrath is given first.

In v1&3 We see the image of God’s Wrath, his rebuke, chastisement, his hot displeasure.  For the sorrows of this life can only be perceived in a personal way.  We cry out to the LORD from a depth of knowledge which is impressed upon us as individuals.  The consequences of our sins may impact others around us, even severely, but out personal understanding and experiences are the method the LORD uses to teach us.

Note the passion of David’s instruction and pleas.  For in the face of often painful trials, when we OUR soul’s troubles are magnified (greatly troubled: נִבְהֲלָ֣ה מְאֹ֑ד) we turn to the LORD in total and complete surrender.

In v2 we see the YHWH’s implement of teaching.  The bringing US as individuals to our weakest point so that ONLY HIS MERCY through our SUPPLICATION is before us.  Here the picture is of totally dependency.  When we are brought to the place where we recognize the frailty of life, OUR weakness OUR very frame (עֲצָמָֽי) in this mortal life, we speak as through our bones ache, our heart broken, we recognize OUR utter dependence upon the LORD.  We cry out, How Long???

V  Psalm 6:4–5 (NKJV)

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?




Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:33–39, NKJV)




Consider V 6-7

Covenantal MercyFor YOUR MERCIES SAKE (חֶסֶד)

Our Central Focus.  Here literally the petition delivered as an imperative is for the LORD to deliver OUR Soul (נַפְשִׁ֑י).  The English is wholly correct in saying me, but the sense of ME here is the inmost being, the central core of who YOU are.  Our immortal self, not the temporal flesh.  And the mercy noted here is contrasted against the temporal mercy WE experience in our toils and trials.  It is the Everlasting Kindness, which transcends the grave.  For it is not the mortal flesh which sings eternal praises to God, it is the resurrected body, the chief part of which is our redeemed soul.

We are not mere flesh and blood.  Our trials are not without purpose.  As covenant children, we do not ask for temporal blessing, or note our present circumstances, regardless of the sorrows which impact our lives, as all that there is.  When WE pray to the LORD we come upon the eternal promise of the covenant mercy found in the blood of Christ.  The spiritual condition of all believers is as described by David in Psalm 84:5-8:

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

Our petitions are NOT for temporary comfort only.  At least they should not be!  The prayer of every child of God is founded upon the Covenant Promise of deliverance which God swore upon the pain of HIS own death.  That death which was accomplished in CHRIST JESUS for our ETERNAL Comfort.

We will suffer pains we will suffer sorrows.  Illness will consume some part of our lives.  Death will impact us.  We will have days where we will wish for deliverance from this Valley of Weeping, this Veil of Tears.  This is part of the curse; it may even be part of the correction for our own sins.  Even as those sins impact those we love.

V  Psalm 6:6–7 (NKJV)

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.


Temporal Sorrows

As the fourth part of the petition, we find repetition of the themes we have discussed in v1-3.  Here the theme of a pilgrimage of weeping in a fallen world is clearly stated.

While the imagery evokes enemies, the central focus is the return to OUR condition as fallen men.  David’s enemies were first and foremost his own heart and sins.  But it was a sinful heart which often was softened by the circumstance of misery.  While military imagery helps us some, it is not weary groaning, daily tears, nightly consideration of woes, grief, and tiredness which tells us the threat of physical destruction or war was not central thrust of David’s intention.

It is expected that our own sins will cause the occasion for the enemies of God to blaspheme and even rejoice:

Turn to 2 Samuel 12:9–23

David’s Sins impacted others’ lives

·        Multiplied Wives

·        Permissive Father

·        Man of Blood

·        Adulterer

·        Murder

Yet even in the midst of all OUR trial, and against the voices of those who would speak against us.  We have the eternal comfort of the LORD of HOSTs as our witness.

Psalm 6:8–10 (NKJV)

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.


Covenantal Deliverance

Our assurance is always built upon the blood of Christ.  Upon the eternal covenant of God demonstrating against sin and death triumphant victory.

David did not know the name of the Messiah, but he knew and often was broken by YHWH, and trusted in all of his Law and Promises.

Regardless of what the world says, for all those outside of the Covenant of the LORD are not only His enemies, but ours as well; WE have the confidence to speak with authority against all their fruitless understanding:

We know that we are heard:  In the voice of our weeping, we are heard.

We know that our weeping, is our supplication, when we are being humbled and embrace the humility the LORD has placed us in.

We know our prayer are received, literally the LORD had taken ahold of OUR prayers.



Finally, in answer to the question HOW LONG? From verse three.  OUR response to the wicked and those without knowledge of the LORD is this assurance:


Their own shame will be a terror to them.

Their own shame will turn them back.

Their own shame will be revealed suddenly.


The enemies of the LORD will know their own shame in condemnation

The LORD Righteous know their shame as sin, and are delivered from it by the LORD!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *