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Psalms 38 – 41

Psalm 38

God will correct all those he loves when they go 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.

Own stubborn self-will and insistence on living by our own ways instead of living by the Word of God 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 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. 

The godly are full of sorrow over the wickedness overspreading the earth. 

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 will 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 our enemies are 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 we do well, the wicked hate us and attack us 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 God’s 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.

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 [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 any departure from the Word of God and be silent in defense of 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 ourselves  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 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.

 

Psalm 40

If we patiently continue in living by every Word of God, God will hear our prayers and he will deliver us out of the pit of the grave

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit [God will resurrect his chosen faithful from the grave], out of the miry clay [the grave], and set my feet upon a rock [the Rock of Salvation, Jesus Christ], and established my goings.

Those who are resurrected will sing the praises of their Deliverer, and those who see the resurrection at the coming of Christ will begin to fear and glorify God and repent to live by every Word of God

40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

The person who lives by every Word of God shall be blessed, for they will be delivered from the grave to eternal life

40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud [do not respect impressive men more than God], nor such as turn aside to lies.

40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

The mercies and awesome deeds of our Mighty God to deliver his people, are beyond counting by men

40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

God desires faithful obedience to his Word, more than sacrifices  

A prayer of David as a prophecy of “That Prophet,” Jesus Christ

40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [the scriptures prophesied of Christ]  it is written of me,  40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God [God the Father]: yea, thy law is within my heart [having the Holy Spirit of God].  40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips [from teaching the Word of God], O LORD, thou knowest.  40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness [Jesus taught God’s Word] within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

In his work in the flesh, Jesus Christ declared the righteousness and holiness of God the Father and commanded us to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).

40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth [God’s Word is truth]  continually preserve me.  40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities [David speaks of his sins as an allegory that Jesus Christ would bear the sins of the whole world] have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

David was inspired to speak as if he were Christ, asking the Father to confound all those who had conspired to take his life and by resurrecting him from the grave

40:13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.  40:14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.  40:15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

All those who sincerely repent and seek to live by every Word of God, accepting the sacrifice of Christ; will rejoice in the resurrection to eternal life

40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

The LORD thinks upon God’s faithful, who are poor in the spirit of stubborn self-will and pride, and are submissive and humble knowing how much they need him.

 

Psalm 41

God is compassionate and will deliver all the godly, who are also merciful and compassionate; and who feed the spiritually poor with the Word of God. 

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him [God will deliver the compassionate who live by every Word of God] in time of trouble.

41:2The LORD will preserve him [God will preserve the merciful because they are merciful and God is merciful], and keep him alive [with the gift of eternal life]; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies [Satan and sin].

Those who live by God’s Word, which defines God’s love; will not be given over to eternal destruction like the unrepentant wicked.

41:3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou [God will deliver those who live by his Word, from the ultimate sickness which is sin and death] wilt make all his bed in his sickness

God will save the repentant from the sickness of sin

In his compassionate mercy God will heal the sins of all repentant sinners who choose to live by every Word of God

41:4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

The wicked rejoice in the death of the righteous who live by God’s Word, not understanding that the godly will be raised up and given the gift of eternal life and that the godly faithful will rule over those who have despised them.

41:5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?

If the wicked who refuse to live by every Word of God visit the righteous, it is only to try to tempt or to deceive the godly and bring them harm

41:6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.  41:7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

The unrepentant person hates godliness and the godly, because the things of God make no sense to him.

41:8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

The wicked rejoice at every calamity of the righteous, not understanding that God has allowed trials for our own good to mold us into the people that the Master Potter wants us to be.

Even if our dearest friend or family member turns against us for our love of God to live by God’s every Word; our Mighty One will deliver us, raising us up from death and the grave so that we may be forever with him

41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. 41:10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

41:11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy [Satan, sin and death] doth not triumph over me.

When we rise up from death and the grave we will KNOW that we have pleased God through diligently loving him and living by his every Word; and the wicked will also know that God has loved those who love him and are faithful to live by every Word of God

41:12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity [the integrity of diligently living by every Word of God], and settest me before thy face for ever.

41:13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel [spiritually every faithful person is the Israel of God] from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.

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