February 7, 2017: Day 38 – Psalm 38

As you are reading through the psalms, especially psalm 38, it might also be a good idea to dally in the book of Job.  There is a great parallel between this psalm and the book of Job.  Really starting at vs.6 and following you hear many Job like qualities: I am utterly bowed down and prostrate, I am utterly spent and crushed.  Vs.11 is one that really speaks to what the reality of Job was as we read: My friends and my companions stand aloof from my affliction, and my neighbors stand far off.  We find that happening in Job where his friends told him to confess the numerous sins he must have committed because he was so bad off, and even his wife told him to curse God and die.

We do not believe today that we are sick or that we suffer from ailments because we have somehow sinned against God.  There is not a 1 to 1 correlation between our sin and God’s punishment against our bodies.  It just doesn’t go together.  But there is an undercurrent in much Christian thought that illness and disease is somehow related to our faith.  We need to push that away from our mindset.  

But the author moves away from speaking of his physical ailments to beseeching the Lord in vs. 21-22 to not forsake him, to not be far from him, to hurry up and help him, because the Lord is, after all, our salvation.

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One Response to February 7, 2017: Day 38 – Psalm 38

  1. Kathy Eisenhauer says:

    When you are the person that everything is happening to, it is difficult to separate this thought process in your mind that illness and disease are somehow not related to our faith. I feel this is why it is so important to have a “faith community” around you. To pull you up from those negative thoughts and to remind us that our faith in the Lord is what determines our salvation. Our faith will set us free. We could receive a physical healing from that faith, but we will definitely receive a spiritual healing.

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