THE PSALMS

Chapter 38

"Prayer and Praise in View of Future Blessings, View of Psalms 24."

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This Psalm will be a prayer and praise in view of Psalms 24. The prior Chapter was in view of the 23rd Psalm. "This is a Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance." Another Words asking Father not to forget these requests.

Psalms 38:1 "O Lord, rebuke me not in Thy wrath: Neither chasten me in Thy hot displeasure."

Our Father is a consuming fire, and when there is sin, His displeasure is hot.

Psalms 38:2 "For Thine arrows stick fast in me, And Thy hand presseth me sore."

David had sinned much, and had repented for those sins to the Father. He was also the king, and within this chapter it is revealed that part of David that was not his best. That is why our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, for He knew that we are unable to approach Him without repentance in Jesus name. Only then do we have His forgiveness.

Psalms 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."

When we apply this verse to the prophecy of the end times, and bones represent the many membered body of Christ, we still have that sin. However, Praise God He paid the price and through Jesus Christ we can have repentance.

Psalms 38:4 "For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: As an heavy burden they are too heavy for me."

"Mine iniquities" are my sins. When in olden times when the porters carried a load, they carried it on their heads. This is relating our sins to a heavy burden that on would carry on his head, and David is saying that those sins are just to heavy for him to carry. Praise God for repentance. Jesus told us in Matthew 11:28-30; "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." [28] "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." [29] "For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." [30]

The purpose of the yoke is two fold, first it takes the load off the animal that can't handle it, and places the weight of that load on the one that can handle it. The second purpose is to protect the animal from the harsh edges of the yoke and make it all bearable to the weaker one. Our Lord Jesus Christ is telling us to take up His yoke and allow Him to carry the load that we simply can not handle. He will lighten the load and protect you while you are pulling the load that you can handle.

Psalms 38:5 "My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness."

Sure this is talking about David in the historical sense, but stop and look at what is going on in the world today. It is full of corruption and foolishness because men and women are taking God and His word out of their lives.

Psalms 38:6 "I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long."

David is saying, I am tired and bothered all the day long. This is referring to one of the lowest times in David's life, but David is going to bounce back. Because this is written in view of Psalms 24, where Christ is at the right hand of the Father in heaven, even though you are well tested, don't let it get you down, for He is there to lighten your load.

Psalms 38:7 "For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: And there is no soundness in my flesh."

In the prophetic sense, for David was a prophet, this prophecy sure fits the sickness of AIDS of the end times. It also fits many other diseases of these days, for this was a burning sore that would not heal.

Psalms 38:8 "I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart."

Psalms 38:9 "Lord, all my desire is before Thee; And my groaning is not hid from Thee."

David knew that the Lord could see all the suffering that he was going through, and Father could hear the groaning that David would cry out with. We know in the prophetic sense, when our Lord looks down at the many membered body of Christ, No, He does not see perfection. But He still loves each of us. There is only one cure to one disease and that is in Christ, and in His Way.

Psalms 38:10 "My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me."

This is telling us that all of David's vital signs were weak, and he was in a very poor state of health. He was at the point of death, and his eyes no longer mirrored his soul.

Psalms 38:11 "My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; And my kinsmen stand afar off."

When David was at his weakest, all of his friends and family members wanted nothing to do with him. This is also an example of how we will be treated when we go against what the rest of the world feels is the right way. Our ways and beliefs will seem as festered sores to family and friends, as they try to fit into the ways that our world is heading.

Psalms 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."

They will tell lies about you, as they set their traps of deception to ensnare you. Stop and think for a moment, have you ever had a day like this where it seemed that the entire world was plotting against you. Nothing was going right. Depression will do this to you, if you allow it to. It will make you feel worthless and like nobody wants anything to do with you. This is correct when you repent for all wrong in your life, and cleanse your mind and soul in repentance in Jesus name, and turn that load over to Him. Don't try to put something over on God, for you can't. Our Heavenly Father can see right into the intent of your mind as you think your thoughts. When you repent, you pour all the iniquity out of your mind, and turn it all over to God and all Him to clean it all up. Come to Him as a little child would, innocent and repentant.

Psalms 38:13 "But I, as a deaf man, heard not; And I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth."

This verse is repeated again, and is the words that described Christ as He stood before Pilate, the day of His trial.

Psalms 38:14 "Thus I was as a man that heareth not, And in whose mouth are no reproofs."

David was so low at this time, that he could not even think of one thing to say to defend himself. That is being at his lowest time in his life. When you get that low, it is time to start looking up, to cry out to the Father for help. It doesn't matter if you do fall, and even hit the bottom, for there is always going to be a hand under you to pick you up, when you just ask for that help. Psalms 37:40; "And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, Because they trust in Him."

Psalms 38:15 "For in Thee, O Lord, do I hope: Then wilt hear, O Lord my God."

This is the only place to place our hope [faith] and salvation, "For it Thee, O Lord...": There is no other hope, not in the things of this world of in any man. You can be assured that when you cry out to Him in repentance He will hear you.

Psalms 38:16 "For I said, "Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me."

Anytime you slip and falter on something, those that are against you will move in for the kill. They will attack you when you are at your weakest. When you are serving our Lord, He will take care of your needs, for He si your next of kin. He created you and loves you, and He wants you to rely on Him.

Psalms 38:17 "For I am ready to halt, And my sorrow is continually before me."

David was ready to fall in his low state of health and mine, and it was constant with him.

Psalms 38:18 "For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin."

David is repenting for all those thing that brought him to that condition. Repentance not only requires you to say "I'm sorry", but it requires a change from from the direction that you were going.

Psalms 38:19 "But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: And they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied."

It seems that the number of my enemies continually grow and become more active against me. Friend, if you try to take a stand for Christ and His ways, that stand will draw you enemies, and they will wrongfully accuse you. If you accept the full truth from God's Word, you will trample on many of their traditions and there will be false accusations against you.

Psalms 38:20 "They also that render evil for good Are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is."

Psalms 38:21 "Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me."

This also is Christ's words on the cross, from Psalms 22. Father is bringing you to the inner circle to let you know that even in your weakness and correction, He still loves you. The key to picking yourself up and getting on with your life, is to have faith and hope in Him. Turn to Him and put your burdens on Him, take Christ's yoke upon you, for it is easy and your load will be lightened. Stop and place in your mind, "you are not going to fall in any manner, so turn that load over to Him." Our Heavenly Father promised to put his hand under you and protect you, so allow Him to do so in your life.

Psalms 38:22 "Make hast to help me, O Lord my salvation."

"To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun."

Don't ever forget where your salvation comes from, for Psalms 37:24; "Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: For the Lord upholdeth him with His hand." That is a promise that you can count on from Almighty Father to you individually. Every promise that you claim from God's Word becomes a reality in your life. You claim it, and it is yours.

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