Psalm 6: My Eye Wastes Away Because of Grief

(10 verses, 1:02 to read)


What I am about to READ 

  • A prayer of deep distress over personal sin and the troubles of this life.


  • 1-3: Prayer for grace and healing, recognizing he deserves God’s wrath and righteous anger
  • 4-5: Prayer for God to turn His face back to him in order that he might praise God.
  • 6-7: A picture into the soul of the psalmist.  Look at how his eyes are pictured and be reminded of what Jesus says, “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.”
  • 8-10: The Psalmist, in the strength of the Lord and in faith that his prayer is heard on account of the Lord’s mercy, addresses his enemies.


  • Here’s a link to a wonderful study on Psalm 6
  • vs. 1, “in your anger…in your wrath” – Scripture teaches of the benefit of discipline.  Here, however, the Psalmist is not thinking about the loving discipline that a father might give a child, but a wrathful discipline that he deserves because of his sin.
  • vs. 8, “Depart from me all you workers of evil,” is something wonderful to think about especially when you are considering Christ’s temptation by the Evil One in the wilderness.  His final response to Satan is “Depart from Me Satan…”  While the Evil One and his demons do not have to listen to us, for in fact his “deep guile and great might” are no match for us and “on earth is not his equal” (to use some images from “A Mighty Fortress”), the devil does have to listen to His Creator.  Jesus not only rebukes Satan as his Creator, but also as the Redeemer of man and our substitute.  In Christ, because of Christ’s victory over Satan through His death and resurrection, we rebuke Satan by calling him what he is: a liar and a murderer.
  • vs. 10, all my enemies “shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.” While the Psalmist has incredible shame because of his sin, he also confesses that his prayer will be answered.  The ones who will be shamed on the Last Day will be our accusers who throw our sins in our face.  Our prayers have been answered and our shame has been covered by Christ.


  • This is one of the Psalms I use most as a pastor.  There is something wonderful about the Psalms in that they help us suffer and complain well.  That is, they assume that our life is full of great trouble.  They assume this will bring us, at times, feelings of bitterness in living this life in a broken world and even bitterness in how we view God.  Because God assumes this, He gives us these words to help us  1.) Express our sin and trouble in ways we would not otherwise have done and 2.) Make sure we are complaining to Him in faith that He is still good, that He loves to have mercy, that He is ultimately the Creator and Preserver while we still remain the created and preserved.  He still loves us even when we sin.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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