Reading the Word
Psalm 38:9–14 (ESV)
9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. 10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me. 11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off. 12 Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long. 13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear, like a mute man who does not open his mouth. 14 I have become like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth are no rebukes.
Understanding and Applying the Word
As we read this psalm ,we get a glimpse at the difficulty David is facing. In the opening verses (Vv. 1-8), we read about the physical ailments that David is facing. Now we read about his inner feelings. He states that he is crushed and that he groans because of his circumstances (v. 8). He also says that he is in longing and that he sighs (v. 9). We get the idea. David is struggling, not just physically, but emotionally. If that were not enough, David also feels abandoned. He tells us that his friends and companions and family are far off and aloof. He is alone in his pain.
Yet, even in these words, we see David’s hope is in the Lord. He calls out to the Lord in the opening verse of Psalm 38 and he continues to call out in verse 9. Even in his physical illness and his emotional despair, David trusts that God will deliver him.
In these verses we get a realistic picture of what biblical faith is. It is trusting God even in the midst of the difficulty. It is realizing that God is in control, even when the circumstances are not what we would choose. And we trust God in those circumstances. We trust that he has purposes and plans for them and that he will deliver us, even if it is when we stand before him in glory. May we learn to truly trust in the Lord.
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