Not all of the Psalms are beautiful. Some of them are filled with much sorrow and anguish, while others are overflowing with joy. Recently I read Psalm 38 and couldn’t stop, so I continued to read through Psalm 40.
In Psalm 38 David cries out to the LORD in anguish with words that bring me to tears. His emotional , physical and mental pain came from three different aspects of his life. 1.) Because of his sin! 2.) Because his enemies set against him to destroy him. 3.) Because whenever he did good for someone in the name of the Lord, he was evilly slandered !
I will leave you with a few simple yet profound questions. After reading through this prayer to the LORD God, have you ever seen your own sin to the extent David did? To the point of utter and complete mind, soul and bodily pain? To the degree he exhibits within his words? I ask these questions because I know that if we Christians “do not” see the ugliness and evil of our own sin, how can we help those in the pit of despair who do not know God’s forgiveness through the Ransomed Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath, for your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me. Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin. My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.
2. My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away. Those who seek my life set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they plot deception. I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear, like a mute, who cannot open his mouth; I have become like a man who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O Lord my God. For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.” For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous.
3. Those who repay my good with evil slander me when I pursue what is good. O LORD, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.
( to be continued~this is not the end of the story)