Verse 1 – O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, nor chasten me in Your displeasure.
Verse 2 – For Your arrows pierce me deeply, and Your hand pressed me down.
I’m not sure when David wrote this psalm, but several times in his life he sinned. Remember, David was under the Law of Moses, so when he sinned, he knew it displeased God and punishment was coming. The most devastating sins I can recall were when David had Bathsheba’s husband killed and he counted the people of Israel and God didn’t ask for a census. In the first sin his baby died, in the second, 70,000 people died. This was all before Christ walked the earth.
Now let me say this as plainly as I can before we read on: God is not going to put disease on you to punish you; He is not going to cause a car wreck to punish you either. There is nowhere in the New Testament where Jesus ever put leprosy or any other disease on someone. He went about healing all.
Example: If you want to teach your child not to play in the street, you don’t run over them to show them what will happen, same thing with something hot. God does not teach us by punishments like that. God teaches us through His Word and through the Holy Spirit, and yes, He will correct us. The consequences that occur because of our bad decisions or life just happening, does not ever mean God is angry with us!
Isaiah 54:8, 9 – With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer. (Verse 9) “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so I have sworn that I would not be angry with you nor rebuke you.”
Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. Enough said.
Verse 3 – There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger, nor is there any health in my bones because of my sin.
Verse 4 – For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
Verse 5 – My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness.
We should not let guilt and condemnation eat us up on the inside. If you do someone wrong, apologize; if you steal, give it back, quickly. Tell God you were wrong and move on.
Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Verse 6 – I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
verse 7 – For my loins are full of inflammation, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
verse 8 – I am feeble and severely broken; I grown because of the turmoil of my heart.
Anguish of the heart will and can cause us physical pain. Everything that is not of peace can cause us harm, but God says in His word those whose mind is stayed on Him, He will keep us in perfect peace (Isiah 26:3)
verse 9 – Lord, all my desire is before You; and my sighing is not hidden from You.
Verse 10 – My heart pants, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.
Verse 11 – My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague, and my kinsmen stand afar off.
Verse 12 – Those also who seek my life lay snares for me; those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, and plan deception all the day long.
This kind of sounds like when David had to flee the palace when his son, Absalom, tried to take over the throne.
Verse 13 – But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; and I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.
Verse 14 – Thus I am like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth is no response.
Verse 15 – For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O lord my God.
Verse 16 – For I said, “Hear me, lest they rejoice over me, lest, when my foot slips, they magnify themselves against me.”
Sometimes we feel like we have no hope in ever coming out of what we are going through, but even David knew his hope was in the Lord. The consequences of our actions are not to hard to bear when God upholds us with His hand.
Verse 17 – For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me.
Verse 18 – For I will declare in my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin.
Verse 19 – But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; and those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.
Verse 20 – Those also who render evil for good, they are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.
Verse 21 – Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me!
Verse 22 – Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.
Lets not ever think we have gone too far for God to rescue us. It may feel like it sometimes, but that is not the case. God loves us; He sent His son to die for us and take our punishment upon Himself. Through His precious blood that was shed for you and me, our sins were washed away! Don’t stay in condemnation to the point of a pity-party. Get up, move forward, and know you are forgiven because of what Jesus did. Our Savior laid down His life for us to have an abundant life, so live it!