Psalm 6 – Weekly Prayer for Israel
In Psalm 6 we gain important insight about the living relationship between G-d, ourselves and Israel.
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See below video for the full text version of the February 5th Weekly Prayer for Israel.
Psalm 6 – Full Text for the Weekly Prayer
In Psalm 6 we gain important insight about the living relationship between G-d, ourselves and Israel. In Psalm 5 King David taught us about the many routes to prayer. In Psalm 6 he reassures us that G-d is attentive to our sincere supplication.
At the opening of the psalm King David expresses his personal pain and asks that G-d will rescue him. In verses 6 and 7 he intensifies his prayer:
For there is no memory of You in death; in the grave, who will thank You? I am weary from my sighing; every night I sully my bed; I wet my couch with my tears.
Though we tend not to think in these terms, when we are in pain we are reminded of the fact that we are alive. When we weep we are yearning for some sort of response. As King David concludes in verses 9 and 10:
… for the Lord has hearkened to the voice of my weeping. The Lord has hearkened to my supplication; the Lord has accepted my prayer.
The fact that we are alive means that G-d is sustaining us. The fact that we pray means that G-d hears us. When we wet our couches with our tears, and when we cry with all sincerity in prayer, G-d is listening. He is the One who gives us life. He is the One who gives us strength. He is the One who gives us the very challenges in life that encourage us to pray, thereby intensifying our relationship with Him. “I pray, therefore I am.”
When we pray with Israel we are thankful for its very existence. Whatever pain Israel may feel means that Israel is alive. When Israel is challenged, we pray for her. When we pray for Israel we celebrate G-d’s unique relationship with the land of His promise. We pray that the relationship will always grow, and that we too will grow with it.
This is the Weekly Prayer for Israel from Ariel, the Capital of Samaria.