Psalm 38: 22
Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation
Please read Psalm 38. David was suffering emotionally, physically, and spiritually. He felt alone and deserted by family and friends. He felt his enemies were multiplying and growing stronger. And he knew it was a result of his sin.
There are many reasons Christians suffer. Some are just as simple as the fact that we live in a fallen world, and we won’t experience Heaven until we get there. Other reasons could include a test of your faith, giving you experiences to help you minister God’s grace to others. Admittedly, I don’t know all the reasons we experience some of the things we do. But sometimes it is discipline; the result of our sin. And David knows that’s what he is experiencing in this Psalm.
I love David because he is so relatable. God said he was a man after His own heart, yet we see David stumble time and time again. What made David, a very flawed person, so special? In my opinion, faith and repentance. In this psalm, he admits he is suffering for his own sin. People are so prideful and stiff necked that many struggle to admit their own sin. Without repentance, you can’t come to Him. ( And just a side note
, repentance doesn’t just mean recognizing your sin, it means you don’t continue to live here anymore.) But the other thing, and we see this through out David’s psalms, is faith. Regardless of what he was going through or why, David’s faith was in the Lord. That’s why he could pray his pray, “ make haste to help me, O Lord of my salvation”. Oh, Lord, my salvation, help me to see, and truly repent of my sin. Help me to only look to You. Make haste, O Lord my salvation.
1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
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.
13But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.