Psalm 6: Prayer for Healing

If God loves us, how can he be angry when he disciplines us?

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Psalm 6:1 To the minister of music, a song of David for stringed instruments.
Lord, don’t be upset when you correct me. Don’t be angry when you discipline me.
King James
Psalm 6:1 <To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.> O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

What could keep God from healing our “aching bones”?

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Psalm 6:2 Heal my aching bones, for I am weak.
King James
Psalm 6:2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

What reasons do Christians have for being “deeply troubled”?

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Psalm 6:3–4 I am deeply troubled, Lord. How long will you leave me in distress? In your unfailing love and mercy, Lord, come and rescue me.
Mark 4:38 Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat, his head resting on a cushion. His disciples woke him, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?”
King James
Psalm 6:3–4 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.
Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

Why can’t dead people praise the Lord?

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Psalm 6:5 I won’t be able to praise you from the grave or even remember you.
Luke 19:39–40 Some Pharisees in the crowd complained to Jesus, “Teacher, you should rebuke your followers for saying such things.”
“You can be certain,” Jesus said, “that if they kept quiet, the stones would have to shout praises.”
King James
Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
Luke 19:39–40 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

How does groaning compare to praising in affecting how we feel?

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Psalm 6:6–7 My groaning in pain leaves me worn out, my bed and couch are soaked with tears.
Because of my enemies, my eyes are blurred with grief.
King James
Psalm 6:6–7 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

What kinds of grief can our enemies cause?

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Psalm 6:7 Because of my enemies, my eyes are blurred with grief.
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Psalm 6:7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

To what extent should we associate with evildoers?

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Psalm 6:8 Get out of here, all you evildoers, for God has heard my cry and has seen my tears.
1 Corinthians 5:10–11 I didn’t mean you had to avoid all contact with promiscuous, greedy, cheating, or idolatrous people, because then you’d have to live somewhere outside of this world. I was saying you shouldn’t be hanging out with such people. Don’t be going out to eat and having fun with the abusive drunkard.)
King James
Psalm 6:8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
1 Corinthians 5:10–11 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

How can we know God has heard us and will answer?

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Psalm 6:9 The Lord has heard my pleading and will answer my prayer.
King James
Psalm 6:9 The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.

Why should we want our enemies to be ashamed?

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Psalm 6:10 Let my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled, turning away in disgrace.
King James
Psalm 6:10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.