Psalm 6

Ask God for mercy when things are tough: ‘O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath’ (verse 1). Or pray for someone you know who is facing problems.

Pray for spiritual comfort when physically tried: ‘Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled’ (verses 2-3). Or pray for someone you know who is not well.

Ask God to think of his covenant commitments to you: ‘But you, O LORD—how long? Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love’ (verse 4).

Use suitable arguments in prayer: ‘For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?’ (verse 5).

Tell to God your distress: ‘I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes’ (verses 6-7).

Thank God when he answers heartfelt prayer: ‘Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping. The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer’ (verses 8-9).

Anticipate God working for you in his providence: ‘All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment’ (verse 10).

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