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

“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 deaf 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!

And even our King Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, God the Son – He prayed such words of anguish in the garden of Gethsemane shortly before the road to 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.”

God the Son, Jesus – He was without blemish, He committed no sin (not by word, deed or thought, not by state or intent).

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 part of our lives on this narrow road.

Please write Your word on our hearts today Lord God, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.

Amen.

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