Psalms – Prayers of Honesty

Psalm 38 attentionThis next prayer of David’s is not as joyful. It doesn’t make us “feel good” but instead causes us to consider our own lives and wonder if we are holding tightly to something that stands between God and ourselves. We want God to transform us, to work on and in us. But we must know that transformation to be all that pleases God requires confession, seeing our sin for what it is and asking God to save us. Without confession and repentance we will continue to be imprisoned in guilt and shame. Without waiting on God to do what he must in us hastens our own freedom to run in wide open spaces with God.

Psalm 38 confessRelax, wait on God’s best work in you to be done. Is it painful? Yes, it can be, but the reward is greater than the bondage of sin unconfessed and the maturity that must take place. I am reminded on the old hymn that rings in my heart this morning…“Let Him Have His Way With You” as I read David’s cry to God.

Would you live for Jesus, and be always pure and good?
Would you walk with Him within the narrow road?
Would you have Him bear your burden, carry all your load?
Let Him have His way with thee.

His pow’r can make you what you ought to be;
His blood can cleanse your heart and make you free;
His love can fill your soul, and you will see
’Twas best for Him to have His way with thee.

Would you have Him make you free, and follow at His call?
Would you know the peace that comes by giving all?
Would you have Him save you, so that you need never fall?

Let Him have His way with thee.
Would you in His kingdom find a place of constant rest?
Would you prove Him true in providential test?
Would you in His service labor always at your best?
Let Him have His way with thee.

When God calls, say yes. When God begins His work in you, embrace Him. Let Him have His way with you. You will not regret it. It might be painful (probably will) because we hold tight to that which we think we can control.

Psalm 38, The Message

Psalm 38 help me.jpgA David Psalm
38 1-2 Take a deep breath, God; calm down—
don’t be so hasty with your punishing rod.
Your sharp-pointed arrows of rebuke draw blood;
my backside smarts from your caning.

3-4 I’ve lost twenty pounds in two months
because of your accusation.
My bones are brittle as dry sticks
because of my sin.
I’m swamped by my bad behavior,
collapsed under gunnysacks of guilt.

5-8 The cuts in my flesh stink and grow maggots
because I’ve lived so badly.
And now I’m flat on my face
feeling sorry for myself morning to night.
All my insides are on fire,
my body is a wreck.
I’m on my last legs; I’ve had it—
my life is a vomit of groans.

Psalm 38 sigh9-16 Lord, my longings are sitting in plain sight,
my groans an old story to you.
My heart’s about to break;
I’m a burned-out case.
Cataracts blind me to God and good;
old friends avoid me like the plague.
My cousins never visit,
my neighbors stab me in the back.
My competitors blacken my name,
devoutly they pray for my ruin.
But I’m deaf and mute to it all,
ears shut, mouth shut.
I don’t hear a word they say,
don’t speak a word in response.

What I do, God, is wait for you,
wait for my Lord, my God—you will answer!
I wait and pray so they won’t laugh me off,
won’t smugly strut off when I stumble.

Psalm 38 hope17-20 I’m on the edge of losing it—
the pain in my gut keeps burning.
I’m ready to tell my story of failure,
I’m no longer smug in my sin.
My enemies are alive and in action,
a lynch mob after my neck.
I give out good and get back evil
from God-haters who can’t stand a God-lover.

21-22 Don’t dump me, God;
my God, don’t stand me up.
Hurry and help me;
I want some wide-open space in my life!

Psalm 38 run to God

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for listening our honest heart cries. Thank you for saving us. Thank you for the painful but needful lessons in my life that allowed me to run in the wide open spaces of your love and care. Thank you for honing and shaping us to be more and more like you intended for us to be. Do what you must, but be gentle. I wait for you, Lord. Your servant is listening and ready to obey.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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