We all love to read the happy Psalms; but, David wrote several of his songs about the tough times. Psalm 38 and 39 are tributes to trying to hold on when times are difficult. David was dealing with sin, He had allowed his life to become unruly–and for that he was paying a huge price. In the midst of that, he felt regret and hopelessness. There were no easy fixes. There were no comforting phrases or quips.
Still, in David’s pain, he went to the one place where hope was to be found–Father God. He did not make excuse, he did not blame God for his trouble; no, instead, he simply sought God and God’s restoration. David knew there was nothing the world could do. The world destroys folks when they are in pain. The only source of healing, forgiveness and restoration is God.
In our lives, we need to accept responsibility for the choices we make. We do not need to forward blame. We do, however, have the option of seeking God, His forgiveness and restoration when we choose to walk away. God forgives and restores–He is great at that! He sent his Son for that reason. So, like David, we can always seek him–in good times and bad. We can also know He hears us–and in His time He will restore us.
God Bless You
I said, “I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
while in the presence of the wicked.”
2 So I remained utterly silent,
not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
3 my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.
6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
I am overcome by the blow of your hand.