Chapter-a-Day Psalm 38

King_david I’m on the edge of losing it — the pain in my gut keeps burning. Psalm 38:17 (TM)

When reading the psalms, I often take comfort in remembering that the author (in most cases) is David. You know, David the hero of David and Goliath. David of Michaelangelo’s statue. The David we see in stained glass windows at church. King David who united the Kingdom of Israel. David the military general. David they sang songs about. David who was "a man after God’s own heart".

Then I read David’s intimate, private thoughts. I read the highs and lows of his emotions. I read his incredible faith and unnerving doubt. I read of his triumphs and his failures. Today I read that he was frayed and fragile and on the edge of losing it.

I know that emotion. I’ve felt that too!

I guess we’re all…human.

Be gracious with yourself.

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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 38”

  1. What I do, God, is wait for you,
    wait for my Lord, my God—you will answer!
    This is sooooo hard to do. The “wait awhile” answer is the one that is most difficult for me to interpret. Once again, Tom your advice is appropriate. Be gracious with yourself.

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