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

David turns his focus from his enemies to himself.

It might be easy to shrug off how David prays here, the words he uses. But let’s be encouraged to dwell on them, to chew them over.

“For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.”

“I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.”

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

This is David praying, a man who had a heart after God’s own heart. So we cannot dismiss the form and structure nor the intent and depth of emotion in his prayers.

David knew God intimately, and yet still prayed this way.

That is a good encouragement for us!

More, our very Lord and Saviour Jesus prayed in the garden, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Jesus didn’t sin. Full stop. And He prayed such as this.

It is for our good to wrestle with these truths, with what we read in the psalms, to grow us toward the Lord day by day.

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