I Dissolve My Couch With Weeping

By Lee Jones

So far in the Psalms there hasn’t been much “happy happy joy joy joy” going on. Psalm 6 is no exception and I think that speaks to the truism that we rely on God and learn the most from fellowship with him in the valley, not the mountaintop.

I normally despise generalizations like that, but I really do believe that’s true. In this Psalm, David is calling out from the pit of despair. We’re not sure over what, whether disease or heartbreak or something else, but you can definitely taste the salt of his tears in this Psalm.

Maybe you’re dissolving your couch in tears right now, but let me tell you that all of the furniture in YHWH’s throne room is watertight

Many of us think during the dark times that God is punishing us for sins we’ve committed, but that would be incorrect. If you’re a Christian, all your sins have been placed on Christ, and God would be unjust to punish you for sins that he’s already punished on the cross. He will discipline and chasten his beloved children, but he does not make you bear the eternal consequences of your sin. However he takes his concerns to God and shows that he fears his wrath in v. 1.

He begs for rescue for his soul, “save me because of your lovingkindness.” Even as he says his bones are dismayed, he still recalls the lovingkindness of YHWH. After all, how could he praise God if he goes to the grave? He’d rather go on living so he can worship than be cut down by his sufferings. Who could blame him for that?

David’s grief is palpable: “Every night I make my bed swim. I dissolve my couch with my weeping.” He even damaged his eyes with his grieving tears.

As in Psalms past, David can rebuke the sinful because he knows deep in his heart that YHWH has heard every word of his prayers. He knows every enemy will be defeated at God’s hand.

Perhaps I sound like a broken record, but I want every believer to know God hears your prayers in distress and in comfort because he loves you. Stress and sadness have a way of closing our ears to the truth, and fortunately for us, the refrain of suffering repeats often in the Psalms. Life is more often distressing than glorious, and we must remind each other to lean on Christ at all times, especially in our weakness.

I would say all of us have experienced David’s words in v. 6 and 7 and, if we haven’t yet, we will eventually. It’s a fact of life, and the Gospel prepares us with these words from Christ: “in the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”

Maybe you’re dissolving your couch in tears right now, but let me tell you that all of the furniture in YHWH’s throne room is watertight, and your Savior promises to wipe away every tear when he makes all things new. He can wipe away the tears you shed now as we wait for his return.

Glory to God alone.

Lee Jones