Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 38 – 39

Psalm 38

God will correct all those that he loves when they have gone astray, so that by afflicting the flesh the spirit may be saved

Psalm 38:1 O lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 38:2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. 38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

It is because of our own stubborn self-will and insistence on living by our own ways instead of living by the Word of God that will bring our eternal destruction.  When we fall into such pride, a loving God corrects us afflicting the flesh to bring us to repentance and save the spirit. 

38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 38:5 My wounds [which have come as the result of my sins] stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly [greatly afflicted]; I go mourning [over the evils in the land, and repenting over my sins] all the day long. 38:7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. 38:8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared [cried out in anguish] by reason of the disquietness of my heart [I am full of sorrow over all iniquitous conduct]

If our desire is to live by every Word of God, God will correct us when we go astray and he will deliver us when we learn our lesson and turn back to him.  Nothing can be hidden from God.

38:9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

Even though all the earth is against us because we live by every Word of God, the godly will be steadfast and will put their trust in the Eternal.  Even if we must suffer many sorrows in this physical life our Mighty One will deliver us from the grave into an eternal life of blessings and rejoicing.

38:10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. 38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

The righteous put their trust in God and the Word of God and not in men.

8:13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. 38:14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

God will deliver his faithful and the enemy shall not continue in rejoicing over the fall of the godly but will be corrected.

38:16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. 38:17 For I am ready to halt [ready to perish] sorrow is continually before me.

When we are afflicted let us sincerely repent and RUN to the Eternal our Deliverer.

38:19 But mine enemies [spiritually Satan and sin] they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.  38:20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

When I do well, the wicked hate me and attack me for living by God’s Word.

38:21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. 38:22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

Ultimately God delivers those who live by every Word of God: May deliverance come quickly


Psalm 39

The faithful pay serious attention to their words and actions in order to live by and be consistent with every Word of God.  David says that he often kept silent in order to be guiltless of speaking wrongfully.

Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.  39:2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

Then after much deep thought David calls on God to give him an understanding of the transitory nature of the flesh, so that he could be humble before God and not full of the pride of the flesh.  God often teaches his people humility through sickness, trials and afflictions of the flesh.

39:3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, 39:4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

Physical things are vanity because all physical things are temporary and transitory in nature with no lasting value except for the lessons to be learned, which lessons learned [if we are sincerely repentant], can last forever.

39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.  Selah.

All the efforts and sufferings of the flesh are pointless unless we learn to be humble before and to put our trust in the LORD to do his will.

39:6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

Let us reject and be silent for our own ways,  and let us place our trust in the LORD to be faithful for HIS ways

39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.  39:8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.  

Let us be speechless in trying to justify oursleves  and let us be submissive to the Word and ways of God, who corrects us for our good.

39:9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth [to complain against the correction of God]; because thou didst it. 39:10 Remove thy stroke [Father cease from correcting me and be merciful for I sincerely repent] away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

God’s merciful correction reveals to men the transitory nature of the beauties of the flesh and humbles men to put their trust in God, in order that by living by every Word of God they might receive the true lasting beauty of eternal life.  This same lesson of the transitory mature of the flesh is taught in the book of Ecclesiastes and through living in temporary dwellings during the Feast of Tabernacles. 

39:11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

God’s called out are strangers and travelers in this physical land of our flesh, because we serve God and not vain physical things

39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger [we are strangers in this present world because we serve God and not the things of the flesh] with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

God will save his chosen from the grave, but the wicked will perish forever

39:13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

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