Down in the Dumps

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 6:1-10

David was a man after God’s own heart. But that doesn’t mean he did not have times when he was very distressed. At one such time he wrote this Psalm. As king he had many enemies, both within the country and in surrounding lands. Their successes caused him to be down in the dumps. But he also saw the hand of God in the situation. He realized part of the problem was due to his own sin (vv. 1-2). He realized he has been through a period when God has been rightly disciplining him.

David’s hope for an end to the period of discipline is based on his knowledge of God, that He is a God of “unfailing love” (v. 4). He feels that if the situation doesn’t change soon he will die, and because he did not have the knowledge of the life to come, he thinks that when dead he will be unable to praise God (v. 5). How good that we have the further revelation given to us in the New Testament when Jesus “brought life and immortality to light.” We praise God now but we know that after death we will praise Him perfectly.

After spending much time praying, David is assured his prayers have been heard and he will be delivered from the cause of his depression (vv. 8-9). “This too shall pass.” No matter how great your problem, remember, for one who trusts in Jesus Christ “the best is yet to come.”


Father, You know our heartaches. Give us courage in the midst of our sorrows. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.