The Cry of a Heart // Psalm 6

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Psalm 6,

Please, God, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed. Treat me nice for a change; I’m so starved for affection.

Can’t you see I’m black-and-blue, beat up badly in bones and soul? God, how long will it take for you to let up?

Break in, God, and break up this fight; if you love me at all, get me out of here. I’m no good to you dead, am I? I can’t sing in your choir if I’m buried in some tomb!

I’m tired of all this—so tired. My bed has been floating forty days and nights on the flood of my tears. My mattress is soaked, soggy with tears. The sockets of my eyes are black holes; nearly blind, I squint and grope.

Get out of here, you Devil’s crew: at last God has heard my sobs. My requests have all been granted, my prayers are answered.

Cowards, my enemies disappear. Disgraced, they turn tail and run.


When this psalm opens, David is in great distress. It's been a common theme and season in the psalms we've studied so far. It's incredibly relatable, though, isn't it? I read words I've prayed before and see emotions I've felt in the past. The familiarity is comforting and today we see deliverance, which is so very encouraging. 

It's exciting to see God respond to David's pleas for mercy, deliverance, and provision. He's exhausted from crying out to God and something shifts. God responds.

Sometimes our trials seem impossible to endure very long. There are seasons that seem to drag on forever. But though weeping may last for the night, joy comes in the morning (Proverb 30:5). And the morning does come!

If you're struggling to hold on and can't seem to keep moving forward, you can. Keep crying out to God and have the faith to see the unseen. God is working and like a good father, longs to respond in the way that's in your best possible interest.


Click the image above to download the free scripture print for this series! It's a great way to memorize an encouraging verse while staying in tuned with the series.

One of my favorite worship albums of all time is one put out by the ladies of the Red Rocks Church worship team. It's 4 songs developed out of their favorite psalms and it's some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard! Click on the album to purchase it at itunes.