[CF Devotionals] 2009-12-03 - A Prayer for Deliverance

Psalm 40:11-17 (NASB)

  1. You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me;
    Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.
  2. For evils beyond number have surrounded me;
    My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see;
    They are more numerous than the hairs of my head,
    And my heart has failed me.
  3. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me;
    Make haste, O LORD, to help me.
  4. Let those be ashamed and humiliated together
    Who seek my life to destroy it;
    Let those be turned back and dishonored
    Who delight in my hurt.
  5. Let those be appalled because of their shame
    Who say to me, "Aha, aha!"
  6. Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
    Let those who love Your salvation say continually,
    "The LORD be magnified!"
  7. Since I am afflicted and needy,
    Let the Lord be mindful of me.
    You are my help and my deliverer;
    Do not delay, O my God.

King David - chosen King of Israel by the Lord knows what it is to fall in sin. "My iniquities have overtaken me", David writes. As Christians we are forgiven our sins past, present and future. We try to keep our accounts short with the Lord and our friends when we do stumble and fall. But we are not excused the consequences unless it is by God's mercy and for His purpose for Him to do so.

There is nothing about this Psalm that tells us when it was written, but David is feeling the weight of his failures. They may be recent or he may be just having his history thrown back in his face. Have you ever felt this way? Like you've blown it so badly that God could never use you again? Then remember Peter who knew that failure after denying Jesus the night of His crucifixion. Jesus figuratively picked Peter up out of the dust and restored him when his heart was broken by his sin - when his heart had failed him (v. 12).

The last thing is this: David's plea for deliverance had a goal - so that the Lord would be praised (magnified). David was not asking just to be rescued from the trouble he had made for himself. He didn't want God to be dishonored by his failure.

Most of us will have no trouble remembering a time when we have failed God badly. We know that Jesus is just and faithful to forgive us. We know that those sins were covered by His shed blood on the cross. It is important to remember that our sins, along with the sins of all mankind, held Jesus to the cross that day. He bore the shame of those sins in our place. If we can keep in the front of our minds the shame Jesus carried for us it might be a little easier to stand and live for Him when it's hard to do. When we ask for His help that it is not exclusively to extract us from the trouble we are in, but it should be for God's purpose and honor.


Grace and Peace,

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