Today you should read: Psalm 39
This is a very real Psalm. One of my favorite things about this book of the Bible is that it joins together theology, real life situations, and emotions. We see several Psalms where the writer is dealing with a deep struggle, feeling abandoned by God, or life is unfair to them and yet… they turn back to God and connect what they are going through to the truth of God’s character. This Psalm in particular is dealing with David as he lays sick and depressed. He tells God that he has tried to watch his words while everything goes on around him. Finally he blurts out and begs God to just take him. Do you ever feel like life gets so bad that you just want to throw your hands up and quit? David is at that point… probably more than any of us have ever been. He proclaims the vanity of life…the building up of wealth and security.. and then he seems to make a drastic turn in verse 7 as he cries to God…”but now, Lord, what do I look for?” My hope is in you!” Does this resonate with you? You beg and plead with God, maybe even argue with Him and then surrender occurs. You realize in your spirit that your hope is Him! The very thing you need is found in Him. David’s demeanor now changes. He goes from arguing and complaining to pleading and begging. He goes from pride and anger to humility.
Now, he begins to ask God to change Him. He asks God to save him from his sin, his sickness, and his situation. He asks God to take away his sin and, basically, let up on the discipline he was receiving for it. Part of that discipline was his sickness. He asks God to make him better and give him life back. Then he asks God to restore their relationship. He feels distant and estranged, like a “foreigner” or “stranger” to God. How often do we sin and mess up our relationship with God and begin to feel this way? If this describes you, beg God to help you deal with your sin and restore your relationship with Him.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd