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February 5, 2012

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Psalm 6 – Weekly Prayer for Israel

by City of Ariel
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In Psalm 6 we gain important insight about the living relationship between G-d, ourselves and Israel.

Click below to listen to the weekly prayer or right click here to download the audio version.

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.

Tehillim – Psalms – Chapter 6

1. To the conductor with melodies on the sheminith, a song of David.
2. O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, and do not chastise me in Your wrath.
3. Be gracious to me, O Lord, because I languish; heal me, O Lord, because my bones are frightened.
4. And my soul is very frightened, and You, O Lord, how long?
5. Return, O Lord, rescue my soul; save me for the sake of Your loving- kindness.
6. For there is no memory of You in death; in the grave, who will thank You?
7. I am weary from my sighing; every night I sully my bed; I wet my couch with my tears.
8. My eye is dimmed from anger; it has aged because of all my adversaries.
9. Turn away from me, all you workers of iniquity, for the Lord has hearkened to the voice of my weeping.
10. The Lord has hearkened to my supplication; the Lord has accepted my prayer.
11. All my enemies shall be ashamed and very frightened; they shall return and be ashamed in a moment.

This is the Weekly Prayer for Israel from Ariel, the Capital of Samaria.

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nettie
    Feb 6 2012

    WE STAND AND AGREE WITH AND IN PRAYER FOR… SHALOM… FOR ISREAL…

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  2. Feb 7 2012

    Very nicely said. It is such a good reminder that when we are down or suffering that God hears our prayer. I like what Avi says about how when Israel is experiencing opposition or difficulties that we know that Israel is our connection to the Land and that we must pray with them.

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