by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Psalms of the Broken Hearted
Stephen Whitney
Psalm 6

In the 1960's Jimmy Ruffin wrote a contemplative song which was really a lament over losing the love of his life. The title of the song was: ''What becomes of the brokenhearted?''

Bill Crowder in his book, Singing the Songs of the Brokenhearted wrote, ''What becomes of the brokenhearted? It is a question that . . . bears the heart-cry of every person who has ever experienced loss, loneliness, rejection, shame, abandonment, or a score of other brutal life experiences.''

The longer you live the more disappointment, pain and sorrow you will experience because we live in a fallen and sinful world.
Our disappointments and sorrows are sometimes the result of our own sins and other times the result of living in a sinful world.
People let us down, disappoint us, reject us and turn against us.

Crowder wrote, ''The heartache of hurting people is a universal reality that calls us to cry out to God and to seek relief and help and hope in him.'' Deut. 33:27 Moses reminded the people that God is always there to provide help of his people: The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Psalm 6 is a personal lament by David who feels troubled by his enemies. This opposition has made him feel that God has sent them to punish him for some sin he has committed even though he does not mention any sin in this prayer.

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David did not resist God's rebuke, but he did not want to be rebuked in anger. He wants God's rebuke to help change his character rather than to just be punishment for his sin.
He desires God's mercy for his sin instead of his judgment.

The first step to receive God's mercy is to acknowledge you have sinned in breaking his law and deserve to be punished.
It takes humility to acknowledge that you have sinned in breaking God's law so you stand guilty before him. By doing so you are admitting that God ...

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