psalm of David. A petition.
Comments: The title suggests this psalm is a request,
an appeal for help from the Lord, and that it clearly is. David
is clearly suffering physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
We don't know the cause but he simply attributes it to his sin
and the sense of guilt that he has is almost overwhelming him.
It isn't only an internal thing, for people around him seem to
have turned against him as well. Implied within this, perhaps,
is that all these things are expressions of God's discipline of
him. Verses 3-5 and 18 declare his guilt but having done that
he trusts that he can now call on the Lord for help.]
David pleads against the Lord's anger
Lord , do not rebuke me in your anger
me in your wrath.
arrows have pierced me,
hand has come down on me.
He believes he is suffering what he is because of his sin
Because of your wrath there is no health in
no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden
too heavy to bear.
wounds fester and are loathsome
of my sinful folly.
He is also feeling in physical anguish
am bowed down and brought very low;
long I go about mourning.
back is filled with searing pain;
no health in my body.
am feeble and utterly crushed;
But it is more than that, it's also a heart-emotion thing
I groan in anguish of heart.
my longings lie open before you, Lord;
is not hidden from you.
heart pounds, my strength fails me;
light has gone from my eyes.
Friends shun him, enemies scheme against him
friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
stay far away.
who want to kill me set their traps,
would harm me talk of my ruin;
long they scheme and lie.
He feels utterly helpless
am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
mute, who cannot speak;
have become like one who does not hear,
can offer no reply.
He determines to wait on the Lord and asks for His help
Lord , I wait for you;
answer, Lord my God.
I said, “Do not let them gloat
themselves over me when my feet slip.”
He acknowledges all aspects of his anguish
I am about to fall,
and my pain
is ever with me.
confess my iniquity;
I am troubled
by my sin.
People are against him for no apparent cause
have become my enemies without cause;
hate me without reason are numerous.
who repay my good with evil
seek only to do what is good.
A final plea for the Lord to come and help him
Lord , do not forsake me;
do not be
far from me, my God.
quickly to help me,
and my Savior.
Thoughts: The sense of guilt and shame over his failure
is very strong in David. The fact that he was described as ‘a
man after God's own heart [1 Sam 13:14 & Acts 13:22] doesn't
mean that he is perfect, for he was far from that, but it does
mean that in various ways he reflects God's heart. The fact of
feeling really bad about his own sin is one such thing and so
in this psalm we see an honesty about himself that is rarely seen
in believers, and even less in unbelievers.]
to Psa 39