Psalm 6

6A: LORD, Chasten Not in Anger

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Text Information:

A prayer for physical healing and for deliverance from ill-wishing enemies.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-5
st. 3 =vv. 6-7
st. 4 = vv. 8-10

Psalm 6 is the first of seven psalms designated in early Christian liturgical use as penitential psalms (the others are 32, 38, 51,102, 130, and 143). A severe illness subjects the psalmist to the unmasked glee of enemies who think to gain by his death. The psalmist prays urgently for God to lift this chastisement (st. 1), appealing for deliverance from death (st. 2), and expressing deep emotional pain inflicted by the glee of his enemies (st. 3). Then follows a confession of joyful assurance that God hears and will foil the enemies' expectations (st. 4).

Clarence P. Walhout (b. Muskegon, MI, 1934) versified the text in 1982 for the Psalter Hymnal; he was a member of the Poets' Workshop, a group of several writers who worked on versifications for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. Professor of English at his alma mater, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, since 1969, Walhout also attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He has been editor of the journal Christianity and Literature and is coauthor of The Responsibility of Hermeneutics (1985).

Liturgical Use:
Times of penitence and illness.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Clarence P. Walhout, 1982, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music (GENEVAN 6|7.7.6.7.7.6): Genevan Psalter, 1542; harm. Howard Slenk, 1985, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
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6B: A Responsorial Setting

Performance Notes:

  • For the full version of this song and more information about this song, refer to the Leader’s Edition of Sing! A New Creation.

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Copyright Information

  • Words: Alison Adam © 1998 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
  • Music: Alison Adam; arr. John L. Bell (b. 1949) © 1998 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
  • Psalm Text: from Voicing God's Psalms by Calvin Seerveld © 2005 Eerdman's Publishing Company. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
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  • Alternative Refrain Words: Marty Haugen (b. 1950) © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.
  • Alternative Refrain Music (HEALER refrain): Marty Haugen (b. 1950) © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.
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6C: A Prayer of Lament in Solidarity with Sufferers

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1077 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Clarence P. Walhout, 1982, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music: Genevan Psalter, 1542; harm. Howard Slenk, 1985, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Prayer: John D. Witvliet, 2011, © Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
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