February 17, Reading 2 – Psalm 38, 39


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SAA Notes

David often suffered from depression following sin and its consequent guilt, and incidents in life that he describes as the blow of Your hand. David has left you a most remarkable pattern to follow – he wrote passionate prayers.

SJA Notes

* God of Wonders, Glorious is Your Name – Your power is over even the supernatural unseen world of demons and heavenly hosts. Hallelujah for that Lord!

“For my iniquities have gone over my head; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.”

David turns from his enemies to focus on himself.

“But I am like a dead man; I do not hear, like a mute man who does not open his mouth.”

These prayers come from a man who had a heart after God’s own heart – There is much to grasp from the structure and intent here, the depth of emotion and wrestling that David speaks of.

David knew God intimately and yet still prayed like this – A great encouragement for us!

Even our King Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, God in the Person of the Son – He prayed such words of anguish in the garden of Gethsemane shortly before the cross at Calvary,

“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Jesus was without blemish, He was God in the form of man, He committed no sin.

And yet He prayed such as this.

It is good for us to wrestle with these truths, with what we read here in the psalms – That we might grow closer to our God each day.

* Holy God,

Thank You for these psalms from David that show us the great breadth and depth of emotion and wrestling and turmoil that is prat of our lives in this world as Your people.

Please teach us from Your word today.


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