Posted: December 31, 2007
We turn our attention to the Psalm of
Remembrance. God has called David to remember his past. We desire
to study verses 9-14 which says, “Lord, all my
desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart
panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also
is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and
my kinsmen stand afar off. They also that seek after my life lay snares
for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine
deceits all the day long. But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as
a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. Thus I was as a man that heareth
not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.” I have entitled this
section “The Remembrance Of David’s Tragedy”.
In verses 9-10 we notice there is ‘A
Sense Of The Father’s Withdrawal’. Let us remember sin always
causes us to feel that God has distanced himself from us but it is our
sin that has caused the distance. Our Lord promised to never leave us
nor forsake us. Sin will not allow us to walk with Him in a closeness
In verse 9 David addressed the Lord as
the covenant keeping God of promise. He reminds the Lord of his ‘desire’.
The word means one’s longings. He tells the Lord that his longings are
‘before’ Him. Our sin can often cause us to feel that God is not
aware of our desires. He reminds the Lord of his ‘groaning’.
The word means mournful sighs. We are reminded that if we regard sin in
our heart the Lord will not hear us. In verse 10 David tells us of his
‘panting’ heart. This tells of an intense palpitation of the
heart. David says that his heart is racing because his strength has
failed and the light of his sight has gone from his eyes. The conviction
will drive us to God to exchange our strength for His and our human
light to walk in for His eternal light. Sin will keep us from God’s
presence or God’s presence will keep us from sin. We see from these
verses that sin has caused definite ‘spiritual problems’.
In verses 11-12 we are confronted with
‘A Sense Of The Family Withdrawal’. In verse 11 we see a word
that may stand as the key to David’s predicament. The word is ‘sore’.
This means a blow, infection, or spot caused by the disease of leprosy.
David mentions three groups of people who stand aloof. They are ‘lovers’,
‘friends’, and ‘kinsman’. These three groups would be
dear ones of affection, a companion or close friend, and a close family
member. The phrase ‘to stand aloof’ has the idea of the position
taken in the presence of a leper. If one was a leper and he came into
the presence of people he was to cover his face and cry ‘unclean,
unclean’. This would be a warning to the people to stand aloof less
they come in contact with this dreadful disease. Let me remind us that
sin often brings the consequences of the leper and others want to
distance themselves from our presence.
In verse 12 we find those that are so
close to David begin to lay a ‘snare’ for him, seek his ‘hurt’,
and speak ‘mischievous’ things and ‘deceit’ against him.
These four words are dreadful in their meaning. They have the idea of
setting a trap for another. The word ‘hurt’ means an evil
affliction and ‘mischievous’ means to rush upon with a desire to
ruin. There are also lies being told about David. “It is amazing
when a man is down. Often many will compass sea and land to injure a
saint; no labor is too severe, no cost too great, if they may utterly
destroy the innocent.” (Spurgeon) We see from these verses that sin
has caused a definite ‘social problem’.
In verses 13-14 we find ‘A Sense Of The Familiar
Withdrawal’. We find in verse 13 that David has entered into a
realm of being not able to hear or speak. We are told in verse 14 that
David’s ears and mouth are shut. The convicting power of the Holy Ghost
has done its work in the life of David. He has realized that sin has
shut his ears to God’s drawing work on his heart. The law of God’s
convicting work has shut his mouth and he is guilty before God. We
understand from these verses that sin has caused a definite ‘problem
of silence’. Many sinners find themselves silent before the all
Holy God. May we stand clear of all sin in any shape or form.