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Psalm 38–Trusting God Even When we Have Made a Mess of Life

I have missed you guys.  Thanks for your patience.  David’s psalm is every person’s heart when they are struggling.  Theologians do not place a date on this psalm, because David encountered many trials and difficult times.  None the less, This psalm represents the heart of a man broken with no other place to go but his Father.

As we read the Psalm, clearly the misery​ David felt in the trial affected every part of David’s life.  It destroyed him physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.  David felt alone, destroyed, vulnerable, and hopeless.  David turned to the only place he knew for relief, God.  In his plea, David does not accuse God of treating him unfairly, in fact, David is the first to point out his sin and its effects on the king’s life.  ​

Still, David knows that the Lord is in control.  No matter the short-term pain, at day’s end, God will be victorious. The Lord’s plan is always the right one and His ways are always the best ways.  So, while it is ok to grieve to the Lord, we cannot and will not change God’s plan for us as His chosen.

So, does that mean that prayer is useless, and our cries fall deaf ears, absolutely not!  Our prayers show our trust in God and in His plan.  Our faith is what makes our relationship with God a real one.  Like any father, God desires that we have the best. Still God allows us to express our hearts.  As we do, often we can see when our desires and His align.  If the desires of our heart do align with His plan, He is happy to alter the course to give us those desires.  That is why David reminded us in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

We do have a free will, David grieved that his choices often wrecked his life.  We do too.  The great news is, however, that God will guide us to His best even when we have driven ourselves into the rocks.  We must simply repent and follow Him with a right spirit and a humble heart.

God Bless You

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Your arrows have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
    because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.
My back is filled with searing pain;
    there is no health in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
    I groan in anguish of heart.

All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
    even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
    my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
    all day long they scheme and lie.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
    you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

17 For I am about to fall,
    and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
    I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause[b];
    those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
    lodge accusations against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;
    do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my Savior.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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