Psalm 38

Hello, my friend.  Welcome to this little chat together, about God’s Word.  In the midst of daily pressures and various bewildering situations that crowd in on one, it’s important to have even a little time together this way.  Thank you for coming along and for your encouragement and comments.

Today’s PSALM 38 is another of those Psalms where David is really in anguish.  As I have studied this Psalm I think this is his most desperate.  It is almost unbelievable as he speaks of his physical condition, “my wounds fester, loathsome, because of my sinful folly.  I am bowed down…all day long I go about mourning.  My back is filled with searing pain, there’s no health in my body. I am feeble, utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.”

I wonder if you or anyone you know has ever known such depths of despair.  It is quite startling to read this from the same hand that wrote Psalm 23 and even the great Psalm 37 we looked at yesterday.  Even as our unknown author, referred to yesterday, says, “It is the experiences of life which lie beyond our conventional copings which make us eloquent and passionate and which drive us to speak to the Holy One.  It is experiences beyond conventional orientations which come to vivid expression in the Psalms.   And in the Psalms we find the voice that dares to speak when life has gone beyond our frail efforts to control.  The Psalms know that life is often dislocated.  There need be no cover-up.”

Although David here refers so vividly to his physical ailments, I am sure at times there are mental griefs which are perhaps as great as some physical pain.  David cries in the last verse, “O Lord, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God.  Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.”  Surely this is what Peter means when he says, in his first letter chapter 5:6, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  Or as The Message puts the next paragraph in I Peter 5:8-11, “Keep a cool head.  Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce and would like nothing better than to catch you napping.  Keep your guard up. You’re not the only one plunged into hard times.  It’s the same with Christians all over the world.  So keep a firm grip on the faith.  The suffering won’t last forever.  It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ–eternal and glorious plans they are! –will have you put together and on your feet for good.  He gets the last word; yes, he does.”  We openly confess our need to the Lord; and we confidently know that He is at hand, to work, to bless and use us for His glory.

Thank you, Lord, for opening our hearts to be absolutely honest and open with you, in expressing our needs, and thank you for the promise of your loving care. Bless my friend, Lord, who has joined in.  I’m thankful for each one.


Psalm 38

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