Psalm 6 has David making a plea to God to lift His hand. There is no description of what sin David has committed here, but he seems to sense he is under God’s punishment. “O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath”. Sometimes when we are facing difficult situations, it isn’t really God’s hand at all, but just the result of our poor choices. There are consequences to our actions. Our decisions and choices do matter. We have to be careful in how we live and the choices we make.
But there also are times when God does chasten us for our sin. God’s punishment is not related to His displeasure with us, but His holiness and righteousness. His correction of sin in our life is because of His love and adoption of us as His children. God corrects us out of love, not anger. David didn’t have Jesus shed blood on the Cross to assure Him that God had already poured out His anger on sin upon His very Son. For us today, once we have made Jesus our Savior and Lord, God’s action to correct us is out of His love for us.
David cries out to God to be gracious and to deliver him from the trouble he was facing. David seems to be struggling under the result of his sin, more than the sin itself. Ideally we are all terribly grieved by sin itself, but there is something to be said for confession and humility for the sake of the result of our sins. But the ultimate goal is that we learn to walk with God in obedience, and not fall to temptation and sin. Far better to avoid sin and the accompanying pain than plead with God to set us free from the outcome of our sinful choices.
David does know this for certain. “The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer”. He has a relationship with God, and he knows that God is alive and hears him. He has confidence that God’s heard his request. God isn’t impressed by our weeping and crying out except that it may indicate our passion and the depth of our needs, and God is moved by a passionate heart. Tears often indicate just how deeply we feel. David here is weeping – and we need to consider our tears as ‘liquid prayers’. (Spurgeon) God is alive. He is listening, and He not only hears our prayers, He answers!