by Robert Chamberlain
Be gracious to me, O Lord , for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord , for my bones are troubled.
Psalms 6:2 ESV
We don’t know the exact circumstances David was writing from, but he was evidently in distress. He cried out to God to be gracious to him. People tend to forget to do that when things are going well.
David described himself as languishing. He was really struggling, whatever he was going through. We can’t just assume it was written early in his life because it’s an early Psalm, because they’re not chronological.
It seems that David was suffering from some kind of illness, because he cried out to God to heal him. Maybe this was written in his old age. Or perhaps it was earlier on in his life than the end.
He describes his bones as troubled, so it could be that in David’s old age he got arthritis or something similar. Whatever it was he was in pain, and he longed for the Lord to deliver him. He went to the right place for help.
“Oh Lord, even if You don’t heal us, we long for You to be gracious to us when we languish in illness. Please give us relief when we are in distress, in Christ’s name, amen”