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Almighty God, Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory. I affirm and rejoice in this great truth.
Read Psalm 38:1-22
 A psalm of David. A petition.
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“For the most part, [the Bible speaks] to us … the psalms speak for us. The psalms … are the heartfelt, gut-wrenching cries of people like us” (Matt Redman).
Where is God when I am in pain, in prison, in exile, sold into slavery? The stories of Scripture show us that God is with us even when we suffer, and the psalms give us the language to express such a reality. If you’ve ever been intoxicated by the idea that faith is a pathway to instant success, the key to a pain-free life and the guarantee of health and wealth, Psalm 38 will sober you up in an instant. Its list of complaints includes sickness, pain, abandonment, isolation, exhaustion, anguish, persecution, frustration, victimization, and the apparent absence of God.
Should such a psalm be included in the songbook of God’s people? Are such bitter complaints worthy of the canon of Scripture? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes! Psalm 38 tells us that all our concerns are worthy of our prayers; that God’s ear is not closed to our sufferings; that no matter what our circumstances, we can come to God and say, “Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior” (22). Eugene Peterson writes, “I need a language that is large enough to maintain continuities, supple enough to express nuances across a lifetime, that brackets child and adult experiences, and courageous enough to explore all the countries of sin and salvation, mercy and grace, creation and covenant, anxiety and trust, unbelief and faith that comprise the continental human condition. … Where will we acquire a language that is adequate for these intensities? Where else but in the Psalms?”
Read the first 21 verses of this psalm. Is there any season of your life that it not included here? What does it mean to you, in every season, to pray the words of v. 22?
Heavenly Father, it doesn’t matter what life throws at me, I have the assurance that nothing can ever separate me from Your love, not life or death, demonic activity or powers. Nothing. (Rom. 8:37-39).
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