Psalms 38* God's displeasure at sin. (1-11) The psalmist's sufferings andprayers. (12-22)1-11 Nothing will disquiet the heart of a good man so much asthe sense of God's anger. The way to keep the heart quiet, is tokeep ourselves in the love of God. But a sense of guilt is tooheavy to bear; and would sink men into despair and ruin, unlessremoved by the pardoning mercy of God. If there were not sin inour souls, there would be no pain in our bones, no illness inour bodies. The guilt of sin is a burden to the whole creation,which groans under it. It will be a burden to the sinnersthemselves, when they are heavy-laden under it, or a burden ofruin, when it sinks them to hell. When we perceive our truecondition, the Good Physician will be valued, sought, andobeyed. Yet many let their wounds rankle, because they delay togo to their merciful Friend. When, at any time, we aredistempered in our bodies, we ought to remember how God has beendishonoured in and by our bodies. The groanings which cannot beuttered, are not hid from Him that searches the heart, and knowsthe mind of the Spirit. David, in his troubles, was a type ofChrist in his agonies, of Christ on his cross, suffering anddeserted. 12-22 Wicked men hate goodness, even when they benefit by it.David, in the complaints he makes of his enemies, seems to referto Christ. But our enemies do us real mischief only when theydrive us from God and our duty. The true believer's trouble willbe made useful; he will learn to wait for his God, and will notseek relief from the world or himself. The less we notice theunkindness and injuries that are done us, the more we consultthe quiet of our own minds. David's troubles were thechastisement and the consequence of his transgressions, whilstChrist suffered for our sins and ours only. What right can asinner have to yield to impatience or anger, when mercifullycorrected for his sins? David was very sensible of the presentworkings of corruption in him. Good men, by setting their sorrowcontinually before them, have been ready to fall; but by settingGod always before them, they have kept their standing. If we aretruly penitent for sin, that will make us patient underaffliction. Nothing goes nearer to the heart of a believer whenin affliction, than to be under the apprehension of God'sdeserting him; nor does any thing come more feelingly from hisheart than this prayer, "Be not far from me." The Lord willhasten to help those who trust in him as their salvation
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