Daily Devotion on Psalm 38

Devotion Text: Psalm 38

It’s just one of those days.

Ever have one of those? The day where nothing seems to go right and every breath seems like an eternity of labor. A day when every look seems accusatory and every word feels biting and sarcastic. Pain doesn’t begin to describe what you’re going through and respite is no where to be found.

King David had lots of those days.

Once a simple shepherd boy, David’s life was shaken to the core when the prophet Samuel anointed him king over Israel. His life wouldn’t get easier, however, as the current king, Saul, would hunt David and his men down and try to kill them. Once David became king, his life would be filled with war, deceit and intrigue. Moreover, David felt the weight of his own sin and knew what he deserved from the hands of an angry God.

Yet, as deeply as David knew his own terrible lot in life, he also knew the solution. David knew that every horrible thing happening to him was his own fault–symptoms of his own sinfulness. He knew that the only cure for the disease of sin is a savior and he believed in that promised savior, now fulfilled in Christ.

So, this Psalm–a petition–is our Psalm. We are consumed by the very same sin as David and we can only seek the same cure that David sought. From our knees, we cry, “Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior,” and quickly he comes.

The Lord who loved David enough to send a savior, sent that same savior for you as well. He suffered the eternal weight of sin so that you would have peace. The God that loves you, will not forsake you.

Prayer: Lord, comfort me in my anguish. Give me the peace that the world cannot. Grant me the strength which only your presence can provide. Help me in my distress and graciously keep me in the faith until life everlasting. Amen

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on March 15, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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