Psalm 6 – O Lord, Heal Me

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Psalm 6 is a prayer for healing. As we pray this prayer, we can focus on physical illness or we can turn our attention to “sin sickness.” Both ways of praying this Psalm have been used for centuries.

Heal Me

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
or discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
My soul also is struck with terror,
while you, O Lord — how long?
(Psalm 6.1-3)

Prayer Experiment

The best way to capture the meaning of this Psalm is to use it in prayer. Try this experiment with me. First, think of an illness or nagging pain that you have. For example, I have sciatic nerve pain that I am praying about.

Saint Augustine and other early church leaders saw Psalm 6 as the first Psalm in a series of Psalms of confession. They prayed it in reference to the sin problem that each person has. Possibly, you will prefer to focus on your sin problem rather than a physical issue.

Once you have determined your prayer focus, try following these steps.

(1) Make sure you are connected with God. Take a few minutes to sense a personal connection with God.

(2) Ask God to show you anything that is blocking your connection with him. If you are praying about “sin sickness,” you are probably aware of this problem. The remainder of the Psalm will help you bring this to God for his healing and deliverance.

If you are praying for physical healing, God may show you something that is blocking your healing in a similar way that a clogged pipe blocks the flow of water.

(3) Ask God to heal you. Whether your issue is “sin sickness” or a physical malady, ask him to heal you. The ministry of Jesus is filled with examples of healing bodies and delivering from sin.

(4) Don’t be afraid of being fervent. This Psalm is very passionate about the need for healing. We can imitate the words and ask in desperation for God’s help.

Save My Life

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who can give you praise?
(Psalm 6.4-5)

We can turn to God, because we know he is compassionate and gracious. He loves us with a steadfast love.

Prayer Experiment Continued

(5) If we have suffered with a long-term physical problem or a persistent sin problem, we may have little hope of a change in our situation. As we ask God to save us by his healing power, let’s remind ourselves of his steadfast love.

Our hope of healing and deliverance is dependent on the grace and love of God. Let’s rely on that power in this prayer.

(6) When we are bound in sin, we are dead to praise. The praise of God and rebellion don’t go together. Illness also makes it difficult to praise.

No matter the situation in which your find yourself, spend a few minutes in praise. Tell God thank you for something he has done for you. Praise him for some aspect of his character.

Rock Bottom

At rock bottom, this is what the speaker prayed.

I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eyes waste away because of grief;
they grow weak because of all my foes.
(Psalm 6.6-7)

Prayer Experiment Continued

(7) Get in touch with your deep desire for God to change the circumstances of your life. Don’t let past failures stop you from praying. Let failure push you deeper into the arms of God.

If you are like me and your worst enemy is your own faulty thinking, tell God that you want him to overcome that enemy in your life.

Answered Prayer

The speaker in this Psalm prayed until the Holy Spirit revealed to him that the answer to his prayer was granted.

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.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.
(Psalm 6.8-10)

Prayer Experiment Continued

(8) Pray until you receive confirmation from the Holy Spirit that God has heard and giving you the healing and deliverance you desire.

I will have another article on the Psalms tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean our praying about healing and deliverance should stop with today’s article. My encouragement is for us all to stay with this prayer, waiting expectantly for God to give us an answer to our need.

Please continue this prayer until God has shown his power in both your healing and deliverance from the sin you have brought to him.

May we pray for you

Maywood Baptist Church has a prayer team. We welcome your prayer requests and we are committed to praying with you. Email me at or private message me on Facebook. We will be happy to pray for you.

Also, let us know when God answers your prayer. We will rejoice with you.


  1. I mentioned before that I began 2020 studying the Psalms. My Bible is filled with highlights, underscores and notes. However, Psalm 6 is remarkably untouched. There is simply a small note in the margin that says “Turn to God in your grief.”

    The Psalms often seem overly dramatic with hyperbole – “my bed is flooded with my tears…” but if we are honest, there are times when physical pain, sin sickness or emotional distress leave us feeling as if we are drowning in our own affliction. This Psalm, and so many others are wonderfully encouraging to know we can be over-the-top and vulnerable with Jesus. We can lay the mountain we are carrying at His feet and watch it become nothing but an ant hill compared with His strength and power. We can cry out to Him in our pain, grief or guilt and know He will deliver us in accordance with His best for us.

    We can confidently say to those who refuse to understand our peace or make light of our faith “The Lord has heard my plea. The Lord will answer my prayer.”

    Brother Bob, I pray for healing of your sciatic pain this day. May you find physical relief and ease of movement. May the pressure on that nerve be opened – may you be amazed at God’s healing touch.

    Father God, open the channels that nerve passes through to give relief in this practical, physical way. Thank You, Lord, for how You use Bob and his teaching and writing in the lives of so many. I love You, Lord. You are our Healer and Redeemer. May Your will continue to be fulfilled in this man. Amen.

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