Silence Before Enemies

Wednesdays: The Psalms
Psalm 38

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David seeks the help of God in the face of his enemies. Instead of listening to their threats, David chooses silence, speaking only to his God. Rather than being a victim, David focuses upon his need for confession of his sins so that he and God will be in harmony with each other.

The purpose of this psalm is that David return to that closeness with God, which will assure him of the protection for which he longs. The psalm begins and ends in the imperative mood, while all the contents are in the declarative. David pours out his suffering in all its details. How comforting it is to do this!

Place your awareness on what needs to happen in your situation, so that your relation with God is in harmony. Receive God’s power to save. Just as David does in verse 13 and following, choose not to hear the threats of your enemies. Listen instead to your own confession and the saving, loving response of your God.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Lifting those suff’ring to You v. 1ff
You know my deepest desires. v. 9
When I’m alone, You’re with me v. 11
Trusting You, Lord, to help me . 15

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This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week over the three-year cycle.

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