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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.
DELIVERANCE IN TROUBLE
This is the first of the Penitential Psalms, the other six being Psa_32:1-11; Psa_38:1-22; Psa_51:1-19; Psa_102:1-28; Psa_130:1-8; Psa_143:1-12. The earliest verses are a wail, but the psalm ends in a song. It is like a day of rain which clears at evening. Sheminith is a musical term signifying “octave.”
The elements of the psalmist’s sorrow are given in Psa_6:1-7. The pressure of God’s displeasure, soul-anguish, sickness, soul-depression, an enemy’s opposition-all these were ingredients in his cup of bitterness. How touching the plea-I am weak! How expressive the broken sentence, so often on Calvin’s lips-How long! And that prayer, O Lord, heal me, includes the mental as well as the physical.
The certainty of deliverance looms in sight in Psa_6:8-10. The consciousness of having been heard steals over the soul as a glint of light in the hospital ward. The answer may not be at hand, but it is sure, 1Jn_5:15. Weeping has a voice: God interprets sighs. The r.v. turns the imprecation of Psa_6:10 into prediction. When God returns to us, because we return to Him, our enemies turn back.