01_Psalm 6, The Seven Penitential Psalms

Week 1 | Psalm 6


To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

1 Lord, rebuke me not in thy anger,
nor chasten me in thy wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
    Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is sorely troubled.
    But thou, O Lord—how long?

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
    deliver me for the sake of thy steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of thee;
    in Sheol who can give thee praise?

I am weary with my moaning;
    every night I flood my bed with tears;
    I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eye wastes away because of grief,
    it grows weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil;
    for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and sorely troubled;
    they shall turn back, and be put to shame in a moment.

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Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

How does this psalm fit with what you’ve been seeing and hearing in the daily readings?

What do you sense He is calling you to this Lent?

Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

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Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Lord, rebuke me not in thy anger, nor chasten me in thy wrath. Amen +

What we discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:12:00 – Greek and Hebrew numbering, history of the penitential psalms and their prayer, the biblical meaning of penance and repentance

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Old and New Testament understandings of repentance, Psalm 6 verses 1 and 2: biblical meaning of God’s wrath and anger; verses 4-5, Sheol 

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Psalm 6 verses 6-10: public vindication from God before enemies

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Sonja’s highlights from the daily readings for this week as a call to a particular Lenten penance, nationally and personally

Other Resources

Create in Me a Clean Heart: 10 Minutes a Day with the Penitential Psalms, book by Sarah Christmyer

A “Spiritual Cleanse” with the Penitential Psalms

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